Runner Interrupted: Running took him from Kenya to Alaska, and gave him a shot at a better life. But then Marko Cheseto disappeared during a run one snowy winter night
Finding His Way
Washington Post Magazine
The Fallout: Traveling through the Cold War’s Weapons of Mass Attraction
The Reunion: in Tanzania, an American English teacher reconnects with his students
Spirits in the Material World: In South Dakota, the Lower Brule Sioux promote their culture without cliches and kitsch
A mind dismembered: In search of the magical penis thieves
The Life and Death of Malls
The Painted Bird
Does the Midwest Matter?
The Fall of the Creative Class
Still Falling: On Chickens and Eggs, Cause and Effect and the Real Problem with the Creative Class
The Bike That Meant Everything
Ebb and Flow: A ride down the Mississippi River to his high-school reunion helps a cyclist appreciate the hometown he once despised.
Shops We Love: The Angry Catfish
Bam! Nick Frey was a whiz kid and a brainy cycling prodigy. Then he got an idea that blew those dreams away.
501 Pounds: Five years ago, Scott Cutshall was so fat that doctors told him he’d die within six months. Then he looked out his window and saw a man riding a bike
The Sky Is Burning: Caught in the Pagami Creek Fire
On the Groad: Gravel riding has exploded over the past few years. Frank Bures tries to figure out where it’s going—and if that even matters.
Read It, Watch It, See It for Yourself: Since Kerouac, adventure books and movies have gotten explorers on the road. Frank Bures runs down five recent journey-inspiring hits
Hang Time: At the Monkey Bar Gym, Fitness is Fun Again. Jon Hinds has junked the mirrors and machines in favor of real, functional, full-body fitness
Travis Rice, a profile of the world’s top snowboarder
What It Feels Like…to Survive a Parachute Failure
What It Feels Like…to Be Beaten by a Mob
Poets & Writers
Eat, Pray, Write: A Profile of Elizabeth Gilbert
Inner Space: Clearing Some Room for Inspiration
Failure’s Fortune: A Profile of Sam Lipsyte
Home Sweet Home: A Profile of Meghan Daum
Way, Way Too Much Information: The noosphere is getting harder and harder to avoid
I Google Myself, Therefore I Am
Chasing the Whale: A Profile of Junot Diaz
All the Things He Did Not Know: A Profile of Tom Bissell
In Search of the Last American Man: A Profile of Elizabeth Gilbert
Choke Hold On the Zeitgeist: Profile of Chuck Palahniuk
Gandhi, a Girl and the Good Enough Life
Photographic Memory: Should you take pictures on the road?
Strange Stones: Boomtowns and rats through the eyes of an expat in China
What Price Experience? To live a rich life, invest in memories.
Beyond Borders: How exchange programs widen the circle
Scientific American Mind
Review: Harnessed: How Language and Music Mimicked Nature and Transformed Ape to Man
Review: A First-Rate Madness: Uncovering the Links between Leadership and Mental Illness
Review: Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool
Review: Moonwalking with Einstein
Review: The Tell-Tale Brain
Review: How Many Friends Does One Person Need? by Robin Dunbar.
Power Posing: A dominant pose can send hormone levels spiking
Mosque Pit: Muslim punks give a middle finger to Islam and America
Open Road, Clear Conscience: tips for leaving the gringo guilt at home when you’re on holiday
From Civil War to the Drug War: East Africans are risking prison for a taste of home
Ecotopias Aren’t Just for Hippies Anymore
Access Denied: Broadband service is available worldwide, but it’s beyond most people’s budgets
Fewer Fish to Fry in an Omega-3-Crazed World. (Hope you like Carp!)
Jihad.com: Online is the new frontline
Blast out of this World: Spaceports are launching all over the planet.
Award-winning writer and founder of the magazine Kwani?, Binyavanga Wainaina, discusses “the mafia of petty ideas” and the revolution in the Kenyan literary scene with Frank Bures
Frank Bures on Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Whispered Stories on Buru
Frank Bures on Ngugi wa Thiongo’s “Matigari”
V. S. Naipaul won the war of sibling rivalry on the battleground of fame and letters. But was his younger brother Shiva the better writer