[dropcap size=small]M[/dropcap]y smile spreads. I pause to laugh before chewing the slightly soggy, roadside graham cracker. The gravel grit of the road mixes with the cracker and I am reminded of the sprawling scene behind me. The Toklat River’s braided ribbons underline the mountains, still nameless. Francesca continues reading in her contrived Irish accent; she …

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[dropcap size=small]H[/dropcap]adza: Last of the First is a riveting look at a 300-strong tribe of hunter-gatherers living in the Great Rift Valley that anthropologists are studying for insights into the roots of humanity. The film also examines the range of pressures threatening their lifestyle, from international big-game hunters to agriculture to Tanzanian nation-building. I spoke …

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The End of Make-Believe Of course I had my doubts, but when no one was looking I’d pretend to be a tightrope walker, The Great Farini, crossing Niagara Falls with a man on my back. I used to tell strangers I was a boy and to prove it would skip rocks, make them soar exquisitely …

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[dropcap size=small]”S[/dropcap]o what exactly is bookmaking?” I asked today’s interviewee. I could imagine her laughing when I read her reply: “Well, I’m not on the wrong side of the law, I assure you! It’s as literal as can be: I make books with paper, an awl, thread, binders’ board, and decorative paper and cloth. And …

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[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he cardinal rule of traveling in Benin is: never be in a hurry. Surrender to the journey and try to enjoy it as much as possible because fretting about how long you’ve been sitting on top of the parking brake with sweat soaking through your t-shirt and your entire right leg completely asleep just …

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[dropcap size=big]W[/dropcap]hile we waited on the striped couch in the reception room of Carol Quillen’s office, suddenly feeling like three kids sent to the principal, people kept poking their heads in, or striding to the desk of the secretary, to ask, Is Carol in yet? Is it alright if we move our meeting back? Did …

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[dropcap size=small]I[/dropcap] was recently sent a photo of Kate Fulbright chained to something with the suggestion, ‘Maybe you should interview her.’ That was really all it took. She was chained to something, and I was already impressed. Besides being a major mover and shaker of environmental justice campaigns in Charlotte, North Carolina, she and her brother …

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[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]yesha Omer is an artist and educator based in Karachi, Pakistan. Her work addresses issues of public formation, social marginalization and art activism. Recently Misadventures connected with Ayesha, who shared perspectives on arts, education, politics, terrorism, feminism, and religion in Pakistan. [divider]The Interview[/divider] S: Ayesha, great to catch up with you. Could you share …

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[dropcap size=small]O[/dropcap]n my way to Takon from Cotonou last week a woman entered our taxi with two small children (1 and 3 years old perhaps) near Abomey-Calavi and headed toward a town called Seku. I was the only other person in the backseat and so when she was helping her older daughter into the car …

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[dropcap size=small]B[/dropcap]rigida Martinez doesn’t have to think twice about caring for those around her – she does so intuitively. I noticed this from my first encounter with Martinez at an ashram in Indore, India. Children of construction families were helping their parents on the heavy-duty construction of a nearby, three-story building. (There is no minimum …

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