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Category Archives: Life in Miniature
These Sri Lankan puppets, a tradition of the coastal village of Ambalangoda, embarrassingly look more like my Kentucky and Carolina kin than anything else. At about five bucks each, we couldn't resist walking away with a bagful. But my favorite was a gorgeous four-foot-tall devil puppet. It was too big for our bag, but ...
The bus ahead screeches to a halt, and we swerve into a ditch. "Iguana," says our tuktuk driver with a grunt. I've never seen an iguana like this. This was more like a dinosaur or a dragon. It could probably eat a small child. (Komodo Dragons maybe used to eat pigmy elephants.) "Can you ...
In 1968, Henry L. Warren decided to do something special. He started building a tiny village on the side of the road, using white flint rock, concrete, and red brick. He called it "Shangri-La." "Wow," said Scotty, jumping out of the Dart. "Look at all this quartz!" It was amazing. Warren had ...
Yang Shaorong lives in a small Shanghai apartment. He collects women's shoes. Tiny shoes. Shoes for bound feet. "That's horrible," said the publisher of my magazine, when I mentioned Yang the collector to him. "It's a disturbing part of Chinese history." I was confused. I didn't really know much about them, or why he was so upset. ...
"Before coming here, I was tending cattle, and feeding pigs," Xiao Cao told me. "I never even knew how to dance." "And now, she's our leading dancer!" laughed Zhang Furong. Xiao Cao is a dancer. Zhang Furong is a singer. They're both under 4'3" tall. They live in, and perform at, The ...
Recently, Woo and I were in rural Shanxi Province, and noticed a series of caves carved into the landscape, off in the distance. They were just dark shadows, really, but they were clearly man-made. "Before, did people live there?" we asked the cab driver, like the good tourists that we were. "Yes, but they still live there ...