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Bay on Terre-de-haut

The Nautical Alchemist

“I did not always want to build boats,” he says. “I wanted to be an alchemist.” Only an alchemist could build boats like Alain Foy Jr.

The Beauty and Violence Beneath our Feet

My feet slid on stairs made slick by light rain and overgrown grass. I bent and grazed my hand over each cement step to be sure it was really there: The path was too...
Engineers and conductors of the negus train

The Last Days of the Negus Train

Dozens of people rushed around me on the dusty train platform before dawn. Female Somali merchants appeared out of the darkness like ghosts, their colorful veils long and fluttering around them. I watched as...