Summer Postcards 2008

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Summer Postcards 2008

A Walk Past the White House

WASHINGTON — A small group of kids curiously approach a poster of maimed infants entitled, “Children of the Gulf War.”

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Finance in the Third World

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Maddox Jolie-Pitt and landmines. That was pretty much the extent of my knowledge about this exotic

Summer Postcards 2008

China's Forgotten People

ERDOS CITY, China — Am I really here? The question that has so far defined my time in China never

Summer Postcards 2008

An Inescapable History

NEW YORK — The recent parade of current and former Bush administration officials through Congress has offered each ignoble public

Summer Postcards 2008

Breakfast in Cantonese

HONG KONG — I know where to get the best dim sum. I've printed out listings of swanky restaurants. I'm

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Salud!

BARCELONA, Spain — On the first night of my summer study abroad program, our teaching fellow led 15 jet-lagged Harvard

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Giving 'Em Heller

WASHINGTON — "Don't say my name out loud." That's the first thing Dick Heller told me as we stood outside

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100 Percent of Both

ACCRA, Ghana — According to a select group of hormonal Ghanaian men, I am the promised land of sex and

Summer Postcards 2008

Home

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — The field behind my childhood home is hardly pastoral. It exists out of necessity: its long and

Summer Postcards 2008

Unconventional

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — I am not a writer. Yet, somehow, I’ve found myself in the press office of the

Summer Postcards 2008

Going to Stay

LONDON — When I arrived here this summer, I expected to experience the same degree of culture shock I felt

Summer Postcards 2008

Pot of Gold

Rózan, Poland — Aside from a few stores that marked Independence Day with sales of American-themed items, consisting mostly of

Summer Postcards 2008

Of Beards and Beers

PORTLAND, Ore. — Tracing this story back to its beginning means tracing my beard back to its wispy roots. They

Summer Postcards 2008

A Life of Crime

“The way I see it, living in New Jersey is a challenge, what with the toxic waste and the eighteen-wheelers

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