Aaron Lake Smith

The Restless Youth Issue

Can a Movement to End Corruption Fix Romania's Troubled Democracy?

The country's recent anti-corruption protests have been the largest and most widespread demonstrations since the fall of Communism.
Aaron Lake Smith
5.1.17
News

How Dallas’s Most Prominent Black Revolutionaries Feel About Micah Johnson

"He obviously was a very politically charged individual, sick and tired of seeing protests and demonstrations and nothing to come of it, sick and tired of seeing his people shot down like dogs."
Aaron Lake Smith
7.19.16
The Borders Issue

This ATV-Riding Immigrant Hunter Is the New Face of Europe's Far Right

Thirty-year-old former wrestler and scrapyard owner Dinko Valev rose to international notoriety after uploading cellphone videos of his migrant hunting in the remote, mountainous Strandzha region of Bulgaria.
Aaron Lake Smith
6.16.16
the Earth Died Screaming Issue

Getting Back to Basics at a Primitivist School

At ROOTS, you can learn how to make a longbow the way our premodern ancestors did—but can you learn how to live?
Aaron Lake Smith
5.15.15
The Outta My Way, I’m Walking Here Issue

Huey P. Newton Gun Club in Dallas Are Responding to Police Brutality with Armed Community Patrols

"We want to stop fratricide, genocide—all the 'cides."
Aaron Lake Smith
1.5.15
News

I Spent Election Day Getting Out the Vote with Male Models from 'Cosmo'

Cosmopolitan sent a party bus full of male models to get out the vote in North Carolina on Tuesday. Turns out, they were needed.
Aaron Lake Smith
11.5.14
The Guide to Political Change

The New Roma Ghettos

In the last two years, as the Eurozone crisis worsens, Slovakia seems to be scapegoating its precarious minority of Roma—the ethnic group better known as Gypsies. Racist violence, evictions, threats, and more subtle forms of discrimination and...
Aaron Lake Smith
1.26.14
The Grievous Sins Issue

The New Roma Ghettos

In the last two years, as the Eurozone crisis worsens, Slovakia seems to be scapegoating its precarious minority of Roma—the ethnic group better known as Gypsies. Racist violence, evictions, threats, and more subtle forms of discrimination and...
Aaron Lake Smith
12.25.13
The Skammerz Ishu

Riding the Dirty Dog

Anyone who has ridden Greyhound or is familiar with the bus line's various subterranean monikers—"The Dirty Dog," "The Hell Hound"—can guess that it's often an unpleasant experience. But what if that unpleasant experience transported you around the...
Aaron Lake Smith
12.20.13
Travel

The Czechs of Montauk

I traipsed along the highway, stopping to smell the flowers and admire the scenery. I loved the sand dune mountains and little green lakes and as I walked daydreamed of building a shack near the beach and forming a community, like Gene O’Neil in...
Aaron Lake Smith
1.2.13
Stuff

Only the Good Die Young

It really does sometimes seem like the best, most pure-hearted people are the first to die, often tragically, leaving the rest of us—the Wicked—to roam this Earth.
Aaron Lake Smith
11.16.12
FRINGES

Death of the American Hobo

We traveled by freight train to the 112th National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa, to see what was left of hobo life. We felt as if we were a pair of early Americans—pioneers far from home on a great adventure. Each train was a roll of the die, a...
Aaron Lake Smith
10.17.12
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