Michael E. Miller
1 year ago | Longform
True to its name, Nicaragua's Puro Humo cigar festival is hazy as hell. The smoke is thick enough to slice. Flames flicker and fade in the darkness. Figures drift through the fumes. Grinning businessmen gnaw on smoldering cigars. Bow-tied waiters ...
2 years ago | Business
"When did you last travel to Cuba?" the man demanded. "And when was the last time before that? And before that?" The questions cut through the decades. The room was bigger now. The windows were no longer barred. Men in suits had replaced soldiers ...
3 years ago | News
The heavy wooden doors of St. Cecilia’s church slowly swung open. First came the funereal music, floating from the rust-colored building onto the chilly concrete of Spanish Harlem. Then came the casket, wrapped in the blue, white, and blood ...
4 years ago | Longform
As Republicans prepared to renominate Richard Nixon for president, journalist Hunter S. Thompson had a moment of clarity inside his Miami Beach hotel room. "This may be the year when we finally come face to face with ourselves," Thompson wrote in ...
Interview: Vampire Weekend's Chris Tomson On the Contra/Operation Ivy Connection, Eating Raisins with M.I.A., and the Regrettable Term "Upper West Side Soweto"7 years ago | Interviews
There's no feeling indifferent about this band. For fans, Vampire Weekend's sophomore album, Contra (out Tuesday, and reviewed by our own estimable Rob Harvilla here), is enough to make January feel like July--a sugary refinement of the band's Ali...
Interview: A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Ben Daniels on Ashes Grammar, the Band's New Singer, and A Very Rough Couple of Years7 years ago | Interviews
A lot has changed for A Sunny Day in Glasgow since their first album, 2007's understated classic, Scribble Mural Comic Journal. The entire line-up is different after the exit of principle songwriter Ben Daniels's twin sisters--who were the band's ...