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Poems for Travelers: Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs
Poems for Travelers: Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs

Sometimes the most vital piece of gear is a book of poems that makes you feel less alone. Matador Senior Ed. David Miller’s pick? Sometimes My Heart Pushes My Ribs.Four weeks ago I was doing a Google search for “literary writing + web 2.0.” I found the name Tao Lin. I started reading his stuff. I started reading his friends’ stuff.

What Transformers 2 and Terminator Salvation Can Teach About Bad Storytelling
What Transformers 2 and Terminator Salvation Can Teach About Bad Storytelling

Sorry Optimus, you can’t save the plot!It’s no secret, Terminator Salvation and Transformers 2 are flimsy, mind-numbing movies. So what can be learned from their storytelling failures?Transformers 2 and Terminator Salvation are perfect examples of how storytelling negligence can leave even the biggest fans feeling cheated.

Expat life in Costa Rica: Ping-pong death match
Expat life in Costa Rica: Ping-pong death match

During the day, the landmark that best sums up life in Playas el Coco, Costa Rica, is probably the mammoth construction crane in the middle of a half-finished condo complex. Up on a razed hillside, it’s visible from almost everywhere in town. Locals tell me it hasn’t moved in over a year.At night though, the town’s emblem – at least for some expats – has got to be the mermaid outside of La Vida Loca bar.

After Copenhagen: Can travel spur a new green philosophy?
After Copenhagen: Can travel spur a new green philosophy?

If we want to have the choice to continue traveling, we must forge a new path.Following the whole Copenhagen meeting was quite depressing (though not at all surprising).Touted as the consensus-building answer to our Earth’s woes (uh, us), it merely exemplified that almost every country will put their ability to make money above the future of the planet.

Bringing peace home from Thailand
Bringing peace home from Thailand

Thailand made a profound impact on Jessica Festa. She’s learning to breathe through it.I USED TO pass by the Dipamkara Meditation Center every day without ever giving it a second look. I didn’t even know it existed. But since returning from Thailand, I’ve been visiting the Buddhist meditation center every week.

A day in the life of an expat in Salta, Argentina
A day in the life of an expat in Salta, Argentina

Matador Life editor Leigh Shulman details her typical day in Salta, Argentina.I’m a very new expat, only a few months living here in Salta, so for me, much of my day entails getting used to how things work. It’s a lot of little details.I get up in the morning, get my daughter Lila ready for school. She wears a uniform, so that makes it much easier.

6 Bouldering Essentials
6 Bouldering Essentials

One of the best things about bouldering is that you don’t need a lot of gear to get started. Grab these six essentials and get going today.1. ShoesViper Rock Shoe – Unisex by La SportivaThe first thing you need to start bouldering is a good pair of climbing shoes. While cheap, stiff, climbing shoes, and even sneakers, are fine for the gym or easy top ropping, the technical requirements of bouldering require something more specialized.

100 Days & Counting…
100 Days & Counting…

With just 100 days left in what’s easily been the most exciting presidential race in my lifetime, voters are beginning to ask:Who will McCain and Obama select as their vice-presidential running mates? Hillary Clinton has clearly indicated her interest in the vacant position, and other former presidential hopefuls who were left in the dust on the campaign trail are also angling to be their party’s VP nominee.

Competitours: The Amazing Race, Minus the Cameras
Competitours: The Amazing Race, Minus the Cameras

So, admit it. At some point, you’ve been sitting on the couch at night, watching the contestants on ‘The Amazing Race’ tearing around the world, and you’ve thought:Man, how cool would that be?Then one of the contestants has gotten stressed, or tired, and has broken down. Their face scrunches up; the tears start to fall — and the camera zooms in for the kill.

Prostitution Rocks! SuperFreakonomics on the Oldest Profession in the World
Prostitution Rocks! SuperFreakonomics on the Oldest Profession in the World

When it comes to the authors’ reasoning, it’s a wonder why all women aren’t prostitutes.Always ones to stir up controversy about our long-held beliefs, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner have a new book out, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance.

Caste Vs. Class: How Status Plays Into India’s Social Media, and Ours
Caste Vs. Class: How Status Plays Into India’s Social Media, and Ours

Groups on Orkut, India’s Facebook equivalent, are often divided by castes.I’ll often join a group on Facebook, without much thought, when a friend requests me to do so. I wanna share the love, and don’t necessarily take the time to delve deeper into the meanings of of groups like, “Hot Chocolate” “F-ck Gluten, I’ll Punch Gluten In the Face” and “Those Who Enjoy + Partake In the Distribution and Acquisition of High Fives” (yes, all groups I am a part of).

Do You Have A Death Grip On Your Travel Plans?
Do You Have A Death Grip On Your Travel Plans?

Kim Greene reveals why holding too tightly to rigid travel plans may hurt your journey.Travel is one of the rare circumstances in life that reveals something new about the traveler with each journey.Often, we begin with a preconceived notion of how we want to approach new experiences; how we want to encounter new places; how we expect to see the unexpected.