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Dead and Kicking

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Moscow is a city of dead writers. No matter where you look, they are everywhere. Over...


Taking to the Streets

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My Father’s Land

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Biscayne’s Black Heritage

How a pioneering farmer and former slave helped create a national park

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The Kuti Legacy

Femi Kuti on politics, family and the future of Nigerian music

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Constant State of Emergency

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The Environmental Beef With Cattle

A few years ago, engineers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands worked out the “water footprint”—that is the amount of fresh water used in the production or supply of goods and services—by country. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the United States topped the list of average consumer consumption at 2,842 cubic meters per year. But what comes as a shock is that meat consumption is responsible for 30% of that figure. A pound of beef requires 1,799 gallons of water.

Encounters that take you there.

Before there were guidebooks, 18th- and 19th-century authors wrote “stranger’s guides” to cities and countries, pamphlets and books that combined helpful tips with particular and offbeat advice and context: the best boarding houses alongside bits of history, preferred brothels as well as ways to avoid pickpockets. These guides were far removed from a modern, sanitized Fodor’s—rather they were personal, eccentric and intimate portrayals of place.

Stranger’s Guide is a modern version of that idea—a publication that reveals the intricacies of places across the globe, through both local and foreign eyes.