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Visiting Leila Menchari’s garden in Tunisia

An Hermès exhibit to honor Leila Menchari and my journey to her beloved garden in Tunisia

Ta-Nehisi Coates is wrong about Trump voters

True, for many race defined this campaign but stating that bluntly won’t win them back

Young man with pitchfork, Studio Maignet, Paris, date unknown

I collect old portrait cards all over the world but it was the semiotics of this one that intrigued me


Car bombs and gangsters in Malta

I found that the Maltese talk openly about the criminals in their midst

Police shootings database

Whatever the cause the sheer number of dead should impress us: 813 so far this year with weeks to go

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