Last year before I moved to New York, I spent the night at a friend’s house in Brooklyn and found myself reading Vice Magazine, which is something I hadn’t done in a long time. Vice, for those of you who aren’t in the snarky hipster set, is a magazine for snarky hipsters. Traditionally, I found it amusing and endlessly aggravating. The issue I was reading, however, was something all together different; it was devoted entirely to the Iraq war and was FANTASTIC. It’s a little bit after the fact (The Iraq Issue came out six months ago or more) but still well worth a look. What’s most amazing is how much of the magazine is devoted to simple dialogue with normal Iraqi people (and how rare this journalistic approach has been in the last four years). Here’s the issue, each and every article.
There’s more. This month’s Vice features an intersting article about heroin rehab in Afghanistan. There’s a lot to wade through to get there, but it’s well worth reading.
One last bit, Vice has also launched a online TV channel, found here. Which has awesome news features about mining practices in Virginia, oil spills in Brooklyn, drug running in Lebanon, and the ongoing crisis in the Sudan.
It’s all good stuff. I’m as surprised as anyone to see it come out of Vice, but, the world is a strange and wonderful place.