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Swimming with Warlords

Warlord Nabi Gechi takes the author and his companions for a swim in the muddy Kunduz River. Under the cover of a moonless night in mid-October 2001, I found myself loading thousands of pounds of…
LENGTH: 7 minutes (1922 words)

Can I Get in the Van?

Illustration by Todd Ryan White In the summer of 1981, a young and unknown 20-year-old punk from Washington, DC, named Henry Garfield jumped up onstage to sing an encore with Black Flag at a show in…
AUTHOR:Erick Lyle
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4049 words)

Sitting Down in the Deep End

A sawdust joint is an end-of-the line kind of gambling parlor. It's a place without frills and pretension.This column is about gambling and gamblers; about regular people who play games for money.…
AUTHOR:David Hill
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2849 words)

Disasters Made in Bangladesh

e still don’t know exactly how many of Swapna’s coworkers were killed at the Tazreen Fashions factory on November 24, 2012. She was sewing shorts—“half-pants,”…
LENGTH: 2 minutes (735 words)

Notes from a Hitter: How Football Battered My Brain | VICE

The author in action on his high school team. By the age of 18, I had undergone enough head trauma playing football to cause irrevocable damage to my brain. The three (documented) concussions I…
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2706 words)

Living the American Dream in the West Bank

In many people’s imaginations, Jewish settlers in the West Bank are bearded, M16-toting fundamentalists living in hilltop trailers overrun with barefoot women and children. And sometimes…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2212 words)

The Right to Die Is the Right to Live

Wolf as he sees himself going out in the world. One month before his 18th birthday, my son Wolf was thrilled to receive invitations from galleries in Melbourne and New York City to exhibit his…
LENGTH: 14 minutes (3594 words)

I Was David Petraeus's Bitch in the 90s and I Hated Every Second of It

The author writing out an operations order during the reign of David the Terrible. Over the weekend, the media went into a feeding frenzy over the big, juicy, red-meat news that David Petraeus, the…
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1140 words)

I Went to Syria to Learn How to Be a Journalist

The local Free Syrian Army crew in Baba al-Nasr, outside Aleppo, gears up for a battle. Sunil Patel had never been published before he decided to go to Syria in August 2012 to become a war…
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1726 words)