T's Nov. 15 Travel Issue


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    The setting for one of the three short stories written exclusively for this issue: Desolation Sound in British Columbia, Canada.
    CreditDavid Burdeny

    Letter from the Editor

    In Strange Times, Eerie Stories Confront the Unknown

    Tales of otherworldly figures aren’t necessarily meant to frighten — they’re ways to explain the living’s unresolved matters of the heart.


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    A view of the concourse at the Hauptbahnhof, Leipzig’s central rail station.
    CreditNick Ballón

    A Haunting Tale of Spies and Specters

    In this short story written exclusively for T, the ghost of a former North Korean diplomat finds his way back to Leipzig, Germany, and to the woman he once loved.

    By Alexander Chee and

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    Mist rises through an old-growth forest on one of the islands.
    CreditDavid Burdeny

    The Spirits of Abandoned Ambitions

    In this original short story, a couple flees the bustle of the city for Desolation Sound, British Columbia. Their urges to do and be more, though, prove harder to shake.

    By Ruth Ozeki and

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    <strong>Balenciaga</strong> coat, $11,705, and shoes, $850, (212) 328-1671, and stylist’s own scarves, gloves and tights (worn throughout).
    CreditPhotograph by Kristin-Lee Moolman. Styled by Jacob K

    Haunting Fashion in the Scottish Highlands

    Set against the misty, windswept beauty of Inverness, an enchanting tale of bold colors, tailoring and whimsical evening wear.

    By Kristin-Lee Moolman and

  2. On Architecture

    The contemporary art consultant and dealer Peter Heimer filled the winter garden of his postwar Berlin townhouse with monsteras and asparagus ferns. The vintage red chairs are by the Japanese designer Kazuhide Takahama, the stainless steel table was made by the Berlin-based furniture designer Katja Buchholz and Heimer designed the yellow daybed.
    CreditRobert Rieger

    In Berlin, Mysterious Dwellings Hidden Amid the Trees

    Rising through the foliage in the city’s Tiergarten, the Ökohaus townhouse complex is a model for living more freely in an ever-urbanizing world.

    By Megan O’Grady and

  3. Arts and letters

    Senga Nengudi, photographed in Boulder, Colo., in October 2020.
    CreditCaleb Santiago Alvarado

    An Artist’s Continuing Exploration of the Human Form

    Almost 50 years after the debut of her arresting womb-like sculptures, Senga Nengudi is still challenging what it means to live in a body, especially when that body is Black and female.


  4. Food Matters

    A spread of Arctic provisions including, from left, sun-dried white trout, moose antler, venison sausage, caribou blood sausage, dried Arctic flounder, dried sea bream, caribou lichen, meadow onion stems and seed heads, dried wild crowberries and geothermal Arctic sea salt against a deer hide backdrop.
    CreditPhotograph by Patricia Heal. Styled by Martin Bourne

    In the Arctic, Reindeer Are Sustenance and a Sacred Presence

    For the Indigenous communities who herd the animals, safeguarding dying culinary traditions isn’t merely about eating but about protecting a longstanding way of life.


  5. Notes on the Culture

    To accompany this essay, the Brooklyn-based artist Geoffrey Chadsey completed original drawings on the subject of imposture that reflect the character Tom Ripley. Here, “Nantucket Reds” (2020).
    CreditCourtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Photo by Joshua Scott

    How ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’ Foretold Our Era of Grifting

    On the eve of yet another screen adaptation, Patricia Highsmith’s mordant 1955 tale of calculated self-invention feels as relevant as ever.