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The New Yorker   Our Far-Flung Correspondents Late summer is a time for balmy days and statement shades, out-of-office e-mails and that ubiquitous chemical whiff of SPF. A good moment, we thought, to revisit some of our favorite pieces about places not accessible by subway—and, in some cases, as with the island of Sark, which Lauren Collins writes about, not accessible by much else, either.

Ian Frazier takes a look at a group which has no problems getting around: feral swine, who have travelled from the Rio Grande in West Texas to the coast of the Carolinas, with only a few counties still hog-free. Amid the mountains and rain forests of the Colombia-Panama border, Jennie Erin Smith treks to a place so remote that thousands of species of animals and birds there are yet to be discovered.

And, on an outcropping of granite and diorite rising out of the Southern Ocean, Fen Montaigne discovers the effects of global warming on the Adélie penguin, the classic tuxedoed kind and one of only two penguin species that breed exclusively in Antarctica.

Of course, Burkhard Bilger, who has been to more interesting places (and written about them more interestingly) than just about anyone, is here, as is Elif Batuman, another explorer, who accompanied a travelling theatre group in rural Turkey intent on bringing art to “a world where women don’t read books, control their finances, or leave home in the evenings.” —David Remnick 
December 12, 2005 Hogs Wild By Ian Frazier  There is nothing like the expression in a wild hog’s eyes. I studied it for a while and the words I found were: unromantic; undeceived. The hog at the very bottom of the pile had his face a bit flattened out by the weight of the hogs above him.
October 29, 2012 Sark Spring By Lauren Collins  Sark is three miles long and a mile and a half wide. As a crown dependency, it is part of the British Isles, but not of the United Kingdom. Each year, the Seigneur pays £1.79 to the Queen to renew the lease.
April 28 2008 The Last Verse By Burkhard Bilger  In a small white house on a quiet country road in the foothills of northeastern Georgia—the end of Appalachia or the beginning, depending on your point of view—there lived an old blues singer named Cora Mae (Sweet Petunia) Bryant.
April 22, 2013 A State of Nature By Jennie Erin Smith  The only people to cross the gap with any frequency were combatants, illegal migrants, and drug gangs. Missionaries and orchid collectors were kidnapped, and, as the Darién Gap became synonymous with danger, science and tourism dried up.
December 21, 2009 The Ice Retreat By Fen Montaigne  “Something has changed,” Fraser said, as we neared the Zodiac. “I don’t know what it is, but something has changed, and I want to find out what it is. We have done hundreds of these diet samples for years with no problems, and now in the last few years some birds have started dying.”
December 24, 2012 Stage Mothers By Elif Batuman  When Ümmiye first told the school principal that there would be no men in her theatre, he expressed surprise, and asked if she was a feminist. It was a word she had never heard before, but the absence of men is a powerful part of her theatre.
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