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Robert Silvers was our greatest editor

Robert Silvers died this week but his New York Review of Books brought me years of pleasure

Bali ruined, again

A photo I took in Ubud in 1989 shows the changes on Monkey Forest Road

Tracking the incompetent Trump cabinet

Bush’s team bungled Hurricane Katrina but they were professionals compared to Trump’s gang


Warrior-gymnasts in Tonkin, Vietnam, 1909

French overlords in colonial-era Vietnam make the locals do ridiculous things

The generosity of the Quebec City eulogy

After the massacre at a Quebec City mosque, a lesson in how to defeat hate

Lijiang, China as it used to be

One of the world’s most exquisite towns, now lost, captured on video the very year I first saw it


Homs, Syria after five years of war

Drone video footage shows there’s no life left in Syria’s third largest city

My pick for travel in 2016 is Iran

As I write in Travel + Leisure, for the traveler the nuclear accord makes Iran newly accessible

On the attacks in Paris

Le Ca Rillon and Le Petit Cambodge, both hit by Islamic State, were two of my favorites in Paris


Charles de Gaulle campaign poster

After the attacks by Islamic State in Paris the old slogan “With You, For You” is fitting

Our doom was never so beautiful

It may be bad news about CO2 levels but it’s gorgeous

The future of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

Gaudi’s eternally unfinished church may actually be nearing completion


The long, strange journey of checked luggage

Finally, the answer to how many chances are there along the way to steal my valuables

The late Omar Sharif in a magazine called Alive

I remember Omar Sharif best for a 1997 interview in a forgotten magazine in Cairo

Syrian-American composer who plays for peace

A symphony for Syria reminds me of Sarajevo and the hope that cosmopolitan tolerance will survive


My family in central Turkey, 1948

A nothing moment on their travels that seems to capture a life now lost

Li Xiaodong’s modest, radical architecture

The New York Times misses why a small library in rural China represents a great hope for the country

Bashar al-Assad stonewalls Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose gets in a theater of the absurd debate with Assad and loses


Activists in Raqqa exposing the Islamic State

We owe a great debt to the people documenting the devastation around them

The cultural destruction of war in the Middle East

My beloved Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo may not be a total loss but much is elsewhere

Focus Festival returns to Mumbai with a video from my previous exhibit

A new video includes photographs I exhibited in Mumbai two years ago


When I stumbled into John Galliano’s greatest show

On John Galliano’s return, a memory of seeing one of his greatest moments

New York City Illustrated, 1910

A century on, a tourist souvenir reveals the architectural wonders of a city long lost

The amazing marginalia of In Search of Fatima

A reader hostile to everything lets her feelings be known