Scott Harris

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Paradise With an Asterisk

Alson Kelen is seated comfortably on the grave of his great aunt, at the far eastern end of Bikini Island in the vast, hyperblue beyond of the Pacific Ocean. He is telling a story of a lost paradise, of a life he lived on this island a long time ago.<p>He is 44 years old now, a short, barrel-chested …

When The Beautiful Game Turns Ugly

A journey into the world of Italy's racist soccer thugs.<p>VERONA, Italy -- Right up until he started quoting Hitler and dropping N-bombs, my new friend …

Joe Arridy was the happiest man on death row

In 1995 Perske published a modest but solidly researched book about the Arridy case, <i>Deadly Innocence?</i> "All I wanted to do was get the facts down," he …

The Shocking Savagery of America’s Early History

It’s all a bit of a blur, isn’t it? That little-remembered century—1600 to 1700—that began with the founding (and foundering) of the first permanent …

Caring for Your Introvert

The habits and needs of a little-understood group<p>Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to …

Behavioral Sciences

Why I Quit Drinking

I quit drinking in 2002, mere months before my college graduation. As you can imagine, quitting drinking before the window when it’s socially acceptable to be drunk all the time had closed was due to some pretty specific incidents and behaviors that I...<p><i>Photo by edenpictures, via Flickr.</i><p>I quit …

My Cousin Joe Was a Hit Man for the Boston Mob

My cousin killed people. At least, that’s what I’m told. I never met Joseph McDonald, but word is he preferred using a handgun. He liked to get in real close so that the soon-to-be deceased could figure out what was coming. His intense, bald visage...<p><i>Members of the Winter Hill Gang, including the</i> …

New Frontiers of Sobriety

Is there an anti-weed, an anti-heroin, or an anti-beer? Pharmacologically speaking, the answer is yes.<p><i>Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In particle physics we learn that for all matter there can be antimatter of opposite charge. But</i> …

Border Czechs

After Joseph Stalin and the Red Army drove the Nazis out of Eastern Europe, the continent was left with ill-defined borders and new ideas about who was running shit.<p><i>By Pavel Cejka and Tomas ZilvarPhotos Courtesy of the Security Services Archive, Police Museum Prague ArchiveTranslated By Matthew</i> …

The Kentucky Derby... On Acid!

We could barely catch a glimpse of the horses as they pounded past on the wet earth. She had this terrifyingly blank look on her face, and she said, “The ground was shaking underneath me... so this little courtyard here suddenly became the ocean, and I...<p>This is my good friend Caitlin (whose name …

An Interview with a Mexican Coke Dealer

Julián is a coke dealer. He’s 44. He’s been working Mexico City for two decades. He agreed to take us on a ride-along as he worked. The phone never stopped ringing, not for a minute.<p><i>Photo by Marco Tulio Valencia</i><p><i>Julián is a coke dealer. He’s 44. He’s been working Mexico City for two decades. He</i> …

I Learned How to Make Blow in Colombia

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Colombia is the world’s biggest producer of cocaine, providing around 80 percent of the whole planet’s supply. In true entrepreneurial spirit, mom and pop coke shops, or “kitchens,” pepper the countryside, churning...<p>It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Colombia …

Horse Racing: The Sport of America's Lower Class

Much like the United States itself, horse-racing culture can be divided into the camps of “have” and “have not.” The disparity between the gilded excesses of the Kentucky Derby and the barren wasteland of Hollywood Park is stark.<p><i>Photos by Maggie West</i><p>“If you wait until 4:08, you can get in for …

Welcome to Nakhchivan, the San Francisco of the Caucasus Mountains

As my plane touched down in Azerbaijan's Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, I half expected to step out into a crumbling landscape ripped from a still of 'Enemy at the Gates.' Admittedly, I'd formed this image based on scant and stale stories, but the...<p><i>Some grandiose Nakhchivani architecture.</i><p>As my …

Meet the Last Lykov

When I asked 70-year-old Agafia, the sole surviving member of the Lykov clan, if she wished that the geologists who discovered her family in the isolated wilderness of Siberia’s taiga forest had never found them, she shook her head. “I don’t know if we...<p><i>All photos by Peter Sutherland</i><p>There are …

The Forgotten Russian Enclave of Kaliningrad

Sweden's former prime minister Goran Person once described Kaliningrad this way: “It is heavily polluted. There are illnesses there like AIDS and tuberculosis. There is atomic waste. You find almost every imaginable problem in Kaliningrad.”<p>Sweden's former prime minister Goran Person once described …