Patrick Symmes

6 articles

Bonfire of the Humanities

Investigating the burning of ancient books by rebels in Timbuktu.


The Ghost of Shipwrecks Future

The author dives to the wreck of the Mohawk, where his uncle died in 1935.


A Wild Country Grows in South Sudan

A portrait of a new nation.


The Beautiful Game

In Argentina, where the fútbol underworld controls everything from t-shirt vending to murder, and “rowdy gangs” have turned the stadium into a battleground.


Who Pinched My Ride?

On stolen bicycles, “a solvent in America’s underground economy, a currency in the world of drug addicts and petty thieves.”


Anwar al-Awlaki: The Next Bin Laden

With Osama dead, U.S. intelligence is zeroing in on the remaining most dangerous terrorists alive, and one man is at the top of the list. Of the eighteen terror attacks attempted in the United States over the past two years, Anwar al-Awlaki’s fingerprints are on eight of them. The moderate turned radical is eloquent, he is popular— and he’s American.