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  • Flow Charts
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Flow Charts

    WEST VIRGINIA – Eleven judges sit in a semicircle, swirling, sniffing and sipping the contents of numbered glasses. They perform the task in silence, brows furrowed as they mull the complexities of body and bite, seeking to identify the provenance of the world’s finest tap water. “Municipal: Best in World” is just one of the categories […]

  • Sail of the Centuries
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Sail of the Centuries

    Sixty-five years ago, a swashbuckling Norwegian named Thor Heyerdahl published Kon-Tiki, the tale of his quest to re-create the presumed journey of pre-Columbian explorers by sailing a historically accurate (i.e., terrifyingly flimsy) raft from South America to Polynesia. Not only did Kon-Tiki become a global bestseller, but just this year its feature-film adaptation was up […]

  • Cold Comforts
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Cold Comforts

    BERLIN – Quentin Wartel can barely contain his joy. His iPhone has just trilled with the news that he can legally offer alfresco seating at Sucre et Sel, his café on Berlin’s Torstrasse, and he’s already scrolling through shots of tables he covets. His reverie, however, is interrupted by a crash outside—a wind-blasted chalkboard has […]

  • Crowded House
    Dispatches | Jul 2013

    Crowded House

    NEW YORK CITY – John Schneider ran one of America’s pioneering small businesses. Very, very small. Schneider’s Beer Saloon on the Lower East Side, one of New York’s first immigrant enclaves, was not much wider than a city bus and barely as long. It’s no surprise, then, that the people here today are experiencing rather cramped […]

  • Food Fight
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    Food Fight

    The revolution will be served with a side of honey-drizzled kibbe

  • No Errands, No Cry
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    No Errands, No Cry

    Arriving tourists may slow things to a crawl here, but no one’s complaining

  • Sell-Buy Date
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    Sell-Buy Date

    Celebrating the great, the good and the overcompensated in the ad world

  • Special Deliverance
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    Special Deliverance

    Celebrating the end of a plague with candles, balloons and a pricey bowl of peasant food

  • All in Good Funambulism
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    All in Good Funambulism

    Feats of derring-do on the high wire, past and present

  • War Games
    Dispatches | Jun 2013

    War Games

    Once a training tool for budding Cold Warriors, Soviet video games are attracting a new breed of player

  • Blue Notes
    Dispatches | May 2013

    Blue Notes

    Past and present briefly reunite on a British pub’s dance floor

  • The Long Whey-Hey Home
    Dispatches | May 2013

    The Long Whey-Hey Home

    The world’s largest and noisiest family reunion gets under way

  • Rock of Aged
    Dispatches | May 2013

    Rock of Aged

    A look at some time-tested bands hitting the road this spring

  • Geek Tragedy
    Dispatches | May 2013

    Geek Tragedy

    Is America falling behind in the production of brainiacs?

  • Park Life
    Dispatches | May 2013

    Park Life

    A condo developer puts a fresh spin on door-to-door travel

  • The French Connection
    Dispatches | May 2013

    The French Connection

    Jim Haynes would like to have you over for dinner—if you don’t mind sharing the guest list with 100,000 other people

  • The Dictatorship’s Got Talent
    Dispatches | Apr 2013

    The Dictatorship’s Got Talent

    Taking escapism to extremes on South Korean TV

  • The Two Amigos
    Dispatches | Apr 2013

    The Two Amigos

    Exploring the meaning of friendship, one frame at a time

  • Follow the Money
    Dispatches | Apr 2013

    Follow the Money

    The global downturn apparently doesn’t apply to global travel

  • Gallop Poll
    Dispatches | Apr 2013

    Gallop Poll

    Celebrating the world’s least predictable horse race

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