Troy Farah

Troy Farah is an independent journalist and photographer from the Southwest with a focus on drug policy, science, and insects. His reporting has appeared in Smithsonian, Undark, Discover, The Outline, and others. He is a co-host of the drug-themed podcast Narcotica (narcocast.com) and his website is troyfarah.com 

Art

This Toy Assault Rifle for Toddlers Is a Twisted Take on Playtime

Start 'em young, folks!
Troy Farah
5.9.18
Motherboard

The Plan to Test Cities’ Sewage for Drugs Is a New Form of Mass Surveillance

Testing waste could help anticipate the rise in fentanyl overdoses, but the same strategies can be used to stigmatize against certain populations.
Troy Farah
1.23.17
Stuff

I Paid for a Bot to Send Me Useless Junk for a Month

Unsurprisingly, this ended up being really annoying.
Troy Farah
4.23.15
The Film That Made Me...

'On the Beach' Was the Film That Made Me Fear the Apocalypse

On my off days, I despair. But in general, all this morbid thinking actually thrills me, making me more grateful for every second I'm allowed. And I owe <i>On The Beach</i> for teaching me to stop worrying and to love the bomb.
Troy Farah
3.27.15
Stuff

The Memory Hole Collects the 90s Home Movies That Were Too Weird for TV

Memory Hole is a place of horror and wonder. When you're inside the Hole it's easy for minutes to turn into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, weeks into years.
Troy Farah
11.6.14
Travel

A Visit to Rob Zombie's Haunted House... on Acid!

It's recommended to be in a safe, familiar place when you're tripping so that you won't lose self-control from overstimulation. That makes a haunted house easily the worst place to drop acid.
Troy Farah
10.31.14
Travel

Flagstaff, Arizona, Is Giving Panhandlers Coupons to Stop Them from Buying Drugs

Flagstaff, Arizona, is trying to combat panhandling by giving homeless people coupon booklets called "Better Bucks." I tried them out to see if they were all they were cracked up to be.
Troy Farah
10.7.14
Stuff

Meet the Girl Who's Crowdfunding Her Abortion

Bailey says she’s 23, likes to read and go to shows, and really, really doesn’t want to be a mom. We asked her about her plans to kickstart the termination of her fetus.
Troy Farah
9.5.14
Stuff

An Iraqi Painter Moved to America for a Better Life and Got Robbed Anyway

Iraqi immigrant Bassim Al-Shaker has been beaten up and burglarized for the art he creates, which are mostly oil paintings of landscapes and horses.
Troy Farah
8.25.14
Music

The Musician That Makes Music Using The United States Border Wall


Glenn Weyant uses the massive steel beams that mark the border between the US and Mexico to make weird, alien-like music. It's not just about art—it's also about activism.
Troy Farah
7.30.14
Travel

Reasons Why Phoenix Is the Worst Place Ever

Phoenix is hot, ugly, beige, and full of discrimination and insanity. On the bright side, there are plenty of malls and entry-level jobs!
Troy Farah
5.6.14
Travel

A Phoenix Artist Is Giving Away His Work for Free, but You Have to Find It First

Like many American cities, Phoenix, Arizona, is undergoing a transformation. Urban centers are being redeveloped to suit the needs of well-heeled artists and creatives, which oftentimes pushes out the more eccentric native population. Instead of...
Troy Farah
3.19.14
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