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Forty-Five Minutes to God

Halfway through a two-month-long trip backpacking through the south of India, I went to an elephant sanctuary. I was taking pictures when a man casually asked if I would like to meet God. “How far away is he?” I asked. “Very close. We have a van and we can take you. Only forty-five minutes.” He

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A Short Guide to Living Comfortably at the Poverty Line in NYC

People ask me often enough that it warrants writing down. For each of my three years living in New York City, I have willfully chosen to be unemployed for about six months, traveled abroad for about two, yet still saved money. The first assumption many people make is that I must earn a lot of

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Revolutions: The Paris Commune

The city of lights; the city of love—Paris is most famous for being in flames. The infamous Paris Commune burned so bright that upwards of thirty thousand Parisians died during the government siege of the city in La Semaine ensanglantei—the bloody week. Paris has a long history of capturing the world’s attention with romantic idealism

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Revolutions: The Underage Leader of Madagascar

Andry Rajoelina looks younger than he is, impressive considering the former DJ became president of Madgascar in 2009 at age 34. Madagascar’s constitution requires candidates to be at least 40, but the baby-faced leader, often called Andy, seized power during a confusing and bloody political crisis. As a teenager, Andy became known around the capital,

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