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‘The Lost Girls’ find their way
‘The Lost Girls’ find their way

The Lost GirlsThree NYC gals decide to quit their stressful careers in journalism to take a trip around the world for a year. Only then do they realize what they’re really made of.I’m betting the Lost Girls got a lot of “you’re so lucky!”s when they first broke the news to friends about plans for an around-the-world trip.

The Jerusalem Syndrome: A witness’s tale
The Jerusalem Syndrome: A witness’s tale

Robert Hirschfield could have succumbed to it, but he didn’t.TO GET A FEEL for The Jerusalem Syndrome, let me try to frame it in an American mythological context. Imagine Clark Kent, journalist, on assignment in Jerusalem. Finding himself in a phone booth in his Superman suit, he hears a voice that says to him, “Clark, there is only one Superman in the world, and it is I, the Lord, your God.

Travel Writing Neologisms – WTF?
Travel Writing Neologisms – WTF?

Travel ‘neologism’ is the tendency to take two perfectly good words, truncate one or both of them, then squeeze them together into one word where two would work perfectly. Here’s a list of ten of these neologisms we’d just as soon never see again.“-cations”MomcationA momcation is when the mamas leave the papas and the babies at home and go out into the world, unafraid and unfettered by their loved ones.

Notes on How Not to Write a Book
Notes on How Not to Write a Book

The author. Not pictured–sticky notes above map.Tom Gates keeps meeting people in Santiago and procrastinating.My bags were greeted at the airport by two adorable drug dogs. They had taken to treating the carousel like a ride at Disneyworld, sitting on the conveyor belt for minutes at a time, pretending to sniff bags but really just slacking off.

The Matador guide to wedding roles
The Matador guide to wedding roles

Matador editor Kristin Conard breaks down what you need to know about the different roles you might be called on to play in a wedding.Given how wildly different weddings can be, it’s often hard to know exactly what your role is. I’ve attended more weddings than I can count, and have been lucky enough to play a significant part in four of them.

Consciously Consumed
Consciously Consumed

Paris is a meat-feasting city — not to say the rest of the world is any different. The French love their food, especially flesh, but slowly, rising in different quartiers across the city like a revival of the arts, the “biologique” producers are opening their doors.It consumes me, this art of conscientious living, and it is fueled by one image: Mother EarthI must admit, my stomach joins the choir, moaning as I catch scents through the wafting doorways.

Movie shot with Canon 5D makes $200,000 on iTunes
Movie shot with Canon 5D makes $200,000 on iTunes

The Polish brothers’ no-budget film “For Lovers Only” hits 43 on Apple’s Top 100 Movies Chart.Since getting my first SLR, I’ve asked for more than one opinion from photographer/videographer friends on using the video mode. While the tips have been helpful, the overall attitude I perceived was that an SLR’s video is akin to the iPhone’s camera – nice in a pinch, but nothing to take seriously.

Prostitution Rocks! SuperFreakonomics on the Oldest Profession in the World
Prostitution Rocks! SuperFreakonomics on the Oldest Profession in the World

When it comes to the authors’ reasoning, it’s a wonder why all women aren’t prostitutes.Always ones to stir up controversy about our long-held beliefs, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner have a new book out, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance.

The End is Near
The End is Near

The time has come for Christine Garvin to move on.Christine and Carlo in NYCI wanted to let you all know that after over a year and a half of co-editing BNT, I will be leaving at the end of November.I’m sad to go, and will miss you guys dearly, but I’m in the process of taking on a few different projects that will take up a lot of my time.

Notes on the Ghosts of Anjuna, Goa
Notes on the Ghosts of Anjuna, Goa

Robert Hirschfield shows that even on beaches like Anjuna, Goa, with “bare European breasts peering up” at you, somebody has to remember the ghosts.She pointed to a spot in the sand. A spot like any other.“That’s where they found Scarlett Keeling’s body,” Aimee Ginsburg told me. Ginsburg has lived for almost a decade in Goa.

Operation Beautiful is in effect
Operation Beautiful is in effect

Most of us can use a little boost in our self-confidence.MY FRIEND (and former BNT editor) Christine Garvin posted the above photo on her Facebook wall with the caption, “Finally saw one of these out in the real world! The Magnetic Field, July 23.” It’s a post-it note stuck randomly as part of Operation Beautiful.

Attempts to get a Russian business visa in Turkey
Attempts to get a Russian business visa in Turkey

Emma Phillpot describes her experience at the Russian Consulate in Istanbul, TurkeyI resolve to give up on looking for answers on the internet.My boyfriend and I want to spend two months in Russia. Ideally we would like to get our visa in Istanbul before we spend a month cycling the Black Sea coast towards Trabzon where we’ll catch an overnight ferry to Sochi, Russia.