Ben Ryder Howe

Ben Ryder Howe

Ben Ryder Howe has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and New York magazine, and his work has been selected for Best American Travel Writing. He is a former senior editor of The Paris Review. He, his wife, and their two children live on Staten Island. He is the author of My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store.

Worst-case scenarios

Let the Bad Times Roll

Adventure, big and small, is all about risk. The risk that things may go terribly wrong. That danger will finally cut off your credit and hit you with a hefty bill. That luck will flee the scene as...

The Worm and I

Having a parasite hitch a ride under your skin is bad enough. Evicting the little bugger is even worse.

An Impossible Place To Be

Panama's mythic Darién Gap—a 10,000-square-mile swath of jungle on the border of Central and South America—has swallowed explorers for centuries. Today, guerrillas, drug smugglers, poachers, and...

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