Roads & Kingdoms

Sep 17

United Kingdämmerung

Scotland may be about to secede from the United Kingdom - but just what is it about their southern neighbors, the English, that made them the most evil people on the planet? An essay by Sam Kriss:

Sep 16

Control your Acceleration

Driving lessons from the heart of the Ebola crisis - a dispatch from Monrovia’s UN Mission: 


Sep 15

An Apple a Day Keeps Putin Away

Ola Cichowlas returns to the Polish orchards her grandmother grew up in to find out how apple growers are handling Russia’s boycott of this year’s harvest:

Sep 12

Wrath of the Bollywood Superfans

"I set out to write an honest profile of Shahid Kapoor, one of India’s biggest stars. His fans may never forgive me.”

Sep 11

The closed sidewalk at Tokyo’s US Embassy is a reminder that 9/11 lives on, everywhere. The furry little police mascot is a reminder that the Japanese are still addicted to cuteness, anywhere. #rkjapan

The closed sidewalk at Tokyo’s US Embassy is a reminder that 9/11 lives on, everywhere. The furry little police mascot is a reminder that the Japanese are still addicted to cuteness, anywhere. #rkjapan

Wandering “Djerbahood”
Photographer Nicholas Linn takes us around an ancient Tunisian village turned into a sprawling open-air graffiti exhibition.

Wandering “Djerbahood”

Photographer Nicholas Linn takes us around an ancient Tunisian village turned into a sprawling open-air graffiti exhibition.

Sep 10

In the U.S., “hibachi” has come to mean any kind of Japanese grill, but in Japan, grills come in many shades, from round clay shichirin to the more general konro cooking stove. They’re all best powered by hot-burning, crazy clean, very expensive oak binchōtan charcoal, but even the lower-end charcoal we used on for a cookout on the shores of Hokkaido’s Lake Onuma will do nicely. It still burns 3x hotter than U.S. charcoal, and gets out of the way of the flavor of the true stars here: blackening shishito, browning pork, purpling squid #rkjapan

In the U.S., “hibachi” has come to mean any kind of Japanese grill, but in Japan, grills come in many shades, from round clay shichirin to the more general konro cooking stove. They’re all best powered by hot-burning, crazy clean, very expensive oak binchōtan charcoal, but even the lower-end charcoal we used on for a cookout on the shores of Hokkaido’s Lake Onuma will do nicely. It still burns 3x hotter than U.S. charcoal, and gets out of the way of the flavor of the true stars here: blackening shishito, browning pork, purpling squid #rkjapan

A Murder in Kashgar

A prominent cleric in Xinjiang, China is stabbed to death after morning prayers; why does his city not mourn him? 

Sep 09

A Voice for Ukraine, in Southern Brazil

The immigrants of Prudentópolis are doing their part to keep the culture of (independent) Ukraine alive.

Sep 05

A Cacophony of Chaos

Final instalment of our #notburning man festival series: For one week a year, the hard-bitten Serbian town of Guca erupts with blaring trumpets, pig roasts, and a splash of nationalism.