Category Longform

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Knotts Island: North Carolina’s Forgotten Child

The story of a place stuck in North Carolina, accessible by land only from Virginia, the child of an imaginary line drawn 400 years ago and the community that grew up there.

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When Adams Morgan Had a Five-and-Dime

Adams Morgan, a diverse neighborhood of bars and row houses in Northwest Washington, D.C., has always had a complicated history with alcohol, entertainment, and development. When a moratorium on new liquor licenses was due to sunset in 2013, the neighborhood was forced to reflect on its past and figure out its future.

Bird Island, Nova Scotia (J.S. Graboyes/Duck Pie)

Telling Time in Paradise

Time may be linear or time may be cyclical, but, for many in Nova Scotia, time is divided into six-month increments.

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An Innocent Abroad

Six lessons from Montreal on a first solo trip abroad.

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Slouching Towards Beverly

“L.A. is good for façades.” The view from a reality star’s restaurant in Beverly Hills.

French Quarter and Mississippi River (Pen-and-Ink and Watercolor by J.S. Graboyes)

This is My Lagniappe

Hazy memories of what you learn in New Orleans and what you take with you.

View from the end of the paved road at the Bonneville Speedway.

The Taco Time at the End of the Earth

To Brigham Young, Utah was “the place.” But why? A surreal journey to an island in the Great Salt Lake and across the salt flats of western Utah to a casino town in the middle of nowhere brings answers but raises new questions.

Vaduz and the Rhine Valley from above.

Eating Green Curry in the Delaware of Europe

“So far as I can tell, there are only two reasons you visit the pint-sized principality, one condescending but honest (the novelty), the other more surreptitious (tax evasion).” A whirlwind trip through Liechtenstein — a tiny Alpine kingdom with an outsized influence — in words and photos,

Can you tell which Portland this is? (Yelp Inc./Flickr)

A Tale of Two Portlands

Flannel shirts and hipster chic unite them both, but there’s a continent between them. TL;DR: Maine > Oregon.

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New Mexico: Revisiting the Land of Enchantment

Traveling again through an unforgettably beautiful land of clouds, mesas, chiles, and quiet.

The Fog Warning, Winslow Homer (Nathanael Hevelone/Flickr)

Why I Hate Boats (It’s All Nova Scotia’s Fault)

The lasting effects of a particularly rough ride in a high-speed catamaran across the Gulf of Maine.

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You Can’t Go Home Again – And Sometimes That’s a Good Thing

The changing face of a Southern city rediscovering itself.

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Visby: The Floating City

Traipsing through the medieval city of Visby during Sweden’s annual political convention reveals something about the soul of the country.

Ben Sandler and friends, Key West, early twentieth century.

The Old Man and the Sea: My Great-Grandfather, from Latvia to Key West

The way I understand it, Key West, way back when – way back before the spring breakers and Girls Gone Wild, back before the pride parades, back before Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville, back before the leather shops on Duval Street, back before the Conch Republic, back before Tennessee Williams, back even before Papa Hemingway and his […]

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Memories of a SoHo I Never Knew

When I was maybe twelve or thirteen, weaned on Simon & Garfunkel’s hymnal “Bleecker Street” and a healthy mid-90s diet of Friends, with some nebulous notion of someday running back to the Big Apple, the city of my birth, my parents sat me down and made me watch After Hours, Martin Scorsese’ brilliant nightmare of […]