Kristen Vasan

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Why trek past Portland to eastern Oregon? It's a community built on craft beer.

My rearview mirror revealed spidery snowdrifts peeking through the afternoon fog. Ahead, cows grazed on a wide prairie under a big, sunny sky. Soon, the road I was on twisted into a canyon made of rubbly, reddish bluffs and dropped 2,200 feet.<p>My ears had popped by the time I reached the tiny …

Conservatives are in denial: America is no longer a superpower (and it hasn’t been for years)

Washington hawks are still talking tough on China and Ukraine. They’re living in another century<p>Take a look around the world and it’s hard not to conclude that the United States is a superpower in decline. Whether in Europe, Asia, or the Middle East, aspiring powers are flexing their muscles, …

Work From Anywhere But Home: Startups Emerge To Turn You Into A Globetrotting Digital Nomad

As digital workers freelance from around the world, startups are popping up to offer them housing, advice, and a place to log on.<p>While he was a university student in the Netherlands in 2009, Pieter Levels started an electronic music channel on YouTube that he says became popular enough to pay the …

Peter Ueberroth recalls reinstating Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays to baseball

So, the sun rose in the East this morning, traffic was a bear on the 405 and, since there is a new commissioner in major league baseball, Pete Rose is trying again to get back in the club.<p>You know the story.<p>Rose was banned from baseball in August 1989, while he was managing the<p>Cincinnati Reds. New …

Ronald Reagan’s genocidal secret: A true story of right-wing impunity in Guatemala

Here’s the real story of how a genocide trial against former Guatemalan head of state Efraín Ríos Montt fell apart<p>On Jan. 5 of this year, the Associated Press issued two short reports on a trial against aging former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt that by and large went unnoticed in the …

Learn to Sniff Your Coffee Like a Pro

There are two types of people in the world: Those who love the smell of freshly ground coffee, and those who are wrong. (Just kidding!) When we’re …

How to drink beer like a local around the world

Travel the world, and you'll find there's quite a bit of disagreement about what the best—or at least preferred—beer looks like.<p>Sure, Americans love Bud Light (and a lot of other watery stuff). But just north of the border, in Canada, the beer of choice is Bud Light's heavier cousin Budweiser. Down …

What You Need To Know About Booking Your Flight

(Photo: Ticking Clock/Shutterstock)<p>For at least two decades, industry experts have been speculating about basic timing factors in finding the lowest airfares. The big question: When is the best time to buy plane tickets? So far, nobody has been able to come up with definitive answers that stand the …

A Record Number of Private Equity Funds Seek Investor Capital, Often for Surprising Strategies

An all-time high of 2,209 private equity funds is seeking $811 billion from investors, according to data from Palico, the online marketplace for private equity funds that I founded three years ago.<p>The good news for fund managers is that investor cash is flowing strongly, driven by two years of …

The Great American Beer Session

What is a session beer? From 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. on a recent Wednesday night, this question became an obsession — an increasingly fuzzy dragon to …

Arthouse Horror

Over the past five weeks, the Philadelphia-based artist Alex Da Corte has been spending a lot of time in New York, at the Luxembourg & Dayan gallery, transforming every inch of the historic Upper East Side townhouse into an unsettling, surreal universe that is equal parts dollhouse and haunted …