The Quiet Hell of Extreme Meditation

The Quiet Hell of Extreme Meditation

A journey into and beyond the challenges of total silence. from Men’s Journal These are my final words: “Why a camp chair?” I speak them to a man named Wade. Wade from Minnesota. I’m in line behind him, waiting to enter the Dhamma Giri...
Here Be Monsters

Here Be Monsters

They did it for the simplest of reasons: adventure. Three friends, on a drunken dare, set out in a dinghy for a nearby island. But when the gas ran out and they drifted into barren waters, their biggest threat wasn’t the water or the ocean—it was each other from...
This Little Kidney Went to Market

This Little Kidney Went to Market

The global trade in human organs from The New York Times Magazine After four years on dialysis, with no sign that he was nearing the top of the transplant waiting list, Moshe Tati decided to buy a kidney. This was easier than he had imagined. Several months previous,...
Naji’s Taliban Phase

Naji’s Taliban Phase

The making and unmaking of a Taliban warrior. from The New York Times Magazine / photograph by Christopher Anderson Naji received his first letter from Ali in early July. It was delivered by a man on a donkey. The man rode from the Northern Alliance positions in the...