My latest, in the October Atlantic.
1 September 2014 • 3:30 pm 0
I wrote about Minerva University for the September Atlantic.
19 February 2014 • 5:19 pm 0
Originally appeared in The Atlantic.
The Drug Elimination Museum, a brutalist eyesore about the size of Grand Central Station, occupies a weedy lot next to the state-television headquarters in Rangoon, Burma’s most important city. The building is silent and sepulchral, like a cavernous opium den whose patrons have set down their pipes and slipped into nap time. Since 2011, the military-allied government of Burma has softened restrictions on tourism, but hardly anyone seeks out this particular attraction. A mile and a half away is the golden spire of Shwedagon Pagoda, the foremost Buddhist monument in Burma and an architectural, aesthetic, and spiritual must-see. But for fans of irony and unintentional humor, this vast temple of propaganda should be a pilgrimage site in its own right. Read the rest of this entry »
1 September 2013 • 2:32 pm 0
I profiled Charles Robert Jenkins, a US soldier who defected to North Korea, in The Atlantic.
1 May 2013 • 2:22 pm 0
1 April 2013 • 2:28 pm 0
I traveled to hyperinflationary Iran for The Atlantic.
1 November 2012 • 7:47 pm 0
I debated an Egyptian cleric on Salafi TV: a report for The Atlantic.