Handmade Goods: Where Art Meets Practicality

What do you do when your MFA doesn’t catapult you into the height of the literary scene? If you’re Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn, you go into the handmade knife business. At first glance it sounds a bit odd, but the process of physically creating something by yourself and for someone else is a lot like writing. But unlike experimental poetry, a majority of people find knives useful.

The Lives Of Living Statues

We’ve all seen them at one point or another – in a park, at a festival, or practically any place where tourists gather in large numbers. Some of us walk right past them as if they were actual statues while others might stop and stare a while. Eventually, we all end up thinking the same thing – “I could do that!” After all, this has to be the cushiest job in the world. You make money by literally just standing there. What could be easier, right?

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Does The World Have A Drinking Problem?

World Alcohol Consumption Map

Do any of the darkly-shaded countries here surprise you? According to a 2011 World Health Organization report, Russians (see the big ink stain on the right) consume 15.76 liters of alcohol on their own each year, making Russia one of the highest alcohol consumers in the world. And these are just official figures–Russia has taken measures to tax and ban alcohol consumption to curb alcoholism, however it’s likely that this will only encourage the development of illegal alcohol production and sales in the future.

Evicted From The Jungle: Homeless Driven Away in Droves

Supporters protest the evacuation of more than one hundred homeless people from The Jungle. Source: Miami Herald

Source: Miami Herald

Not all California residents are rejoicing about the rain this week. Situated at the heart of the Silicon Valley near tech giants like Google and Yahoo lies one of the country’s largest homeless encampments—The Jungle. Covering a space of about 74 acres, The Jungle was once home to countless homeless individuals over the years, often containing more than 300 residents at any given point. Now the camp is being disbanded, forcing numerous people to find shelter elsewhere.

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