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Point Reyes & Place

There are places that will always be in me, that I will hold the way you hold a favorite song from teendom no matter how pitchy it sounds now. Like a song, a place becomes a map of memories, a constellation of tactile history etched in the mind and body. It is less what we […]

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Divinity & Decay

“By sacred things one must not understand simply those personal beings which are called gods or spirits. A rock, a tree, a spring, a pebble, a piece of wood, a house, in a word, anything can be sacred.” — Émile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life I went to Point Richmond Park today because sometimes […]

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Ezan

So much of Istanbul straddles two worlds like a strange portal: It is both religious and secular, conservative and progressive, blooming and decaying like fall and spring took hold of each other and didn’t know how to let go. It is ancient and modern, filled with the graves of brazen sultans alongside gleaming sky-high structures, brazen […]

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Valley

California’s central valley is a 450 mile stretch of parched land up the state’s big belly. In a normal year, the valley spends the majority of its time bone dry. Throw in the drought, and you’ve got serious thirst. The lonely roads are lined with dry grasses, dust clouds billow up from distant tractors driving the […]

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