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France

David Foster Wallace, Finding Empathy Hidden In Red Tape

The author of "Infinite Jest" and "The Pale King", who took his own life 10 years ago, saw a high...

France

Boston T Line To Paris Metro: When Public Transport Fails The Disabled

PARIS — Soon after arriving in Boston for my university studies, I began to notice people in wheelchairs and others with physical disabilities struggling to use the city’s public transportation ...

France

When A California Boy Discovers Bear Bashing In Rural France

PAU — Not far from this southwestern French city, up in the snow-capped Pyrénées mountains that tower in the distance, there are bears. Still, even the most intrepid human adventurer would be hard ...

France

Boston To Hamburg, Finding The Romance In Our Tinder Age

-Essay- PARIS — This is not news, but dating today is a completely different animal than it was even five years ago, as new apps keep arriving to create “matches” between people online who may ...

Germany

Facebook Limits, When A Sharing American Lands In Germany

-Essay- “Germans are coconuts, Americans peaches...” In the German Studies department at the University of Michigan, this saying bounced around as a shorthand way for us to describe the ...

France

Thanksgiving In Paris, A Serving Of American Optimism

-Essay- When you’re living abroad, Thanksgiving can sneak up on you. So when my dad sent me a message Wednesday night — “About to run my last errand for Mom (hopefully)” — I had absolutely no ...

Taiwan

The Many Paradoxes Of Taiwan's Own Quest For Independence

While the world is focused on Catalan and Kurdish movements for nationhood, Taiwan lives in the s...

United States

National Tragedy In The Age Of Trump

A young American in Paris watches Trump in Las Vegas, in the shadow of Obama and Orlando — ...

China

Chinese Faith, When It Comes Time To Choose

-Essay- TAIPEI — I still recall the long journey I made in 1987 during my first visit in China, traveling in crammed buses with the smells of caged poultry on board. Through Guangzhou in ...

France

After Trump, Missing My American Pride In A Foreign Land

PARIS — I’m on the bus when “Proud to Be An American” pops into my head. Once it was Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved.” Another time, the Frosted Flakes cereal theme song. Nearly a year after moving ...

Spain

Madrid To Mexico City, Apartment Shopping In Our Airbnb Age

MADRID — As a freelancer without a fixed salary, I'm rather desperate to buy a studio apartment, something to help ground me in these turbulent times and provide at least some measure of financial ...

France

From My Grand-Mè​re To Macron, For A France Against Fascism

Worldcrunch's Parisian co-founder knows from up close the challenges that France has faced. O...

Spain

When Brexit Hits An Anglo-Iranian Living In Spain

-Essay- VALENCIA — As a British national living in Spain, it is strange to (still) be an EU citizen and yet start to feel unwelcome in this "European home." All this thanks to Brexit, that ...

Taiwan

Aging Taiwan And The Doubts Of A Faraway Daughter

PARIS — Last month, I made my annual trip back to Taiwan around the Chinese New Year to see my parents. My mother, who is 86, has not being doing too badly even though she has a mild but ...

Canada

Warren Beatty And My Dad, A Time For Reflection

I see a wisdom behind the slowness. I've learned that he must give the question full attentio...

France

I'm 19 Years Old, I've Never Been To School

I live in a small village in the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France with my four brothers and sisters. My father works in industrial maintenance and my mother takes care of the family. I ...

Turkey

Why Turkey's Assault On Press Freedom Is Different This Time

When I told the guy at my neighborhood grocery store in the Turkish city of Istanbul that I was traveling abroad, he said, "Don’t come back. Not if you can." I told him I have a life here. ...

France

How I Kissed Goodbye To My Dream Of Becoming A Millionaire

-Essay- I recently turned 30, so the math tells me I've already lived through one third of my life. That also means I still have at least 20,000 days to make all of my dreams come true. ...

Austria

When You Share A Hometown With Adolf Hitler

BRAUNAU AM INN — With its church spires and colorful facades, my hometown has a certain postcard charm. But growing up in this corner of northern Austria, near the German ...

Israel

Silent Delivery, How My Stillborn Twins Made Me A Better Mother

"If only the world's shattered people carried a sign, a small mark of Cain so that w...

Turkey

Seven Women In A Turkish Holding Cell

This summer, I was arrested in Turkey. It was the wrong time, and I was in the wrong place — visiting the predominantly Kurdish eastern regions of the country. For the first four days I was ...

Palestinian Territory

Couchsurfing In Palestine, Part 3: Death At The Door

This is the third and final installment of a three-part series "Couchsurfing In Palestine." Read ...