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Vandy Rattana's Bomb Ponds Exposes Cambodia's Secret Scars

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2011 | 4:35 PM

A note is scribbled over the pile of highlighted topographical maps: "A silence made from a mighty sound is still a sound."

Rattana Vandy knows silence well. He grew up during the era of Cambodia's silence, the deafening echo of that followed the Khmer Rouge regime.

Vandy's exhibition Bomb...

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Crime and Safety: Another Reason Why Americans Need to Travel Abroad

(10) Comments | Posted March 30, 2011 | 4:38 PM

"I think part of the reason I've never gotten mugged here," Rachel tells us, "is that I don't stay out late. And on the rare occasions I do, I never walk."

I nod. "I don't walk around at night in the States, so I'm used to it."

"Really?" Anna asks,...

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On Not Having a Romantic Rendezvous in Rome

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 11:25 AM

The scene was set: Rome in autumn. An up-lit fountain in an ancient piazza. Lovers separated by an ocean (both physical and metaphorical) reuniting. A tentative hug, a bashful glance, hearts swooning with the purr of motorinos. Sparks would fly like those light-up toys the immigrants sell. There would be...

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A Hunger for More: Fame Festival Opening

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2010 | 2:00 PM

At a certain point during the Fame festivities, you realize you're not at a typical art opening.

This doesn't happen when you think it might. It's not while you're traipsing through the winding, white-walled streets the historical center of a forgotten Italian town to find the gallery. It's not when...

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Alone With Everybody: Why I Don't Get Lonely When I Travel Solo

(11) Comments | Posted September 2, 2010 | 5:00 PM

If you travel solo, they will ask you. Elbows perched and eyes hungry, they will lean in, as though towards some kind of truth, some answer, a hint at a riddle only the very lucky even get to ask: "But don't you get lonely?"

And I don't know about you,...

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