3, 2010: Dispatch # 59: God Save the Ridley. Will the most
critically endangered of the world's seven sea turtle species survive the
Gulf oil spill? Click here to see the
dispatch (Note: a link to edition that appeared in Vanity
Fair is posted, as well as the original version that is slightly longer).
15, 2010: Dispatch #58, about Boston-born William Lobkowicz, who
is from an old Bohemian princely family and went back to Prague after the
Velvet Revolution and got back everything that had been nationalized by
the Soviet occupiers: the ten palaces, the land, the fabulous art and book
collections-- and is trying to make it work-- not an easy proposition.
here to read. (Adobe PDF)
14, 2010: Reposting Dispatch #13: The Garter Snake Dens of Manitoba.
As posted in the 2004 edition of Audubon Magazine, here is an article that
originally appeared here as Dispatch #13: Each spring, on the plains of
Manitoba, tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes come boiling out
of the depths of the earth. Before dispersing, they come together to mate
in what is truly one of nature's most riveting spectacles. Click
here to read.
2010: Dispatch #57: Presenting General Aidid. Suitcase sneaks behind
enemy lines in Mogadishu in l994 and interviews the "warlord" Mohammed
Farah Aidid, whom the U.S. blew off in much the way it did Pancho Villa,
and with remarkably similar consequences.
here to read. (Adobe PDF)
2010 : Suitcase's Vanity Fair story, "The Lazarus Effect," (Dispatch
#42) has been reprinted in the textbook Writing the Critical Essay:
Aids, edited by Lauri S. Friedman, Greenhaven Press
22, 2010: Alex Shoumatoff, the author and editor of the Dispatches, was
recently interviewed by Canadian Geographic about the environment. Click
here to read the article and click
here for part 2.
15, 2010: Since our Call to Action went out 5 days ago, visits to DFVW
have tripled, and the response has been global and phenomenal and very
moving. So this is kind of like a chain letter for a good cause:
please keep it going and especially send it to a core group of 20 friends
who you know believe in it and will act. We've created a new section
above called Ecowarriors:
Building the Movement. You may also join our Facebook
group which keeps tabs on this program.
2010: Dispatch #56: Notes on the Dialect and Culture of the Adirondack
Mountains of Upstate New York. A 100-page treatise that Shoumatoff
has been working on for 30 years. Click
here (Adobe PDF)
2009: The Dispatches has started a new section, Fiction.
Dispatch #54: In Search of the Source of AIDS in Africa.
With swine flu spreading around the world, and mankind bracing for the
second wave in the fall, here is a 1988 Vanity Fair piece about another
virus and its devastating effects and the race to understand and contain
here to read the Dispatch (Adobe PDF)
Scramble for the Arctic" has been reprinted as a chapter in Adaptation
and Climate Change, ed. Sarah Flint Erdreich, Greenhaven Press.
has started a new section, Nature Art.
issue of Vanity Fair, now on the stands, and VanityFair.com
have an article by Shoumatoff/Suitcase called "Bohemian
Tragedy,"which recounts how he was arrested in the Bohemian Grove while
trying to help an old college buddy stop the cutting of its magnificent
on the Loose, Alex Shoumatoff's long-await debut album,
has been posted on the site in its entirety on Dispatches. Click
here to listen to it. It is also available for puchase/download
at Itunes Amazon,
and other digital jukeboxes. You can also hear two of its ten songs,
Too Much," a green song, and "Pennsylvania
Turnpike Blues" with a slideshow of Shoumatoff's old postcards, on
VanityFair.com. The latter was aired on National Public Radio's weekend
edition the Sunday morning before the Pennsylvania primary for the 2008
I become part of this effort?' Click
here to see the June, 2007 report and here
to read a lecture Alex recently gave at the McGill school of business.
2008: The Dispatches are now host to some astounding performances of traditional
gypsy music from Rajasthan. Take a listen to them here.
2008: We've just heard from Marylise Lefèvre, one of our far flung
interns, who is volunteering at a chimp sanctuary in Cameroun. In the summer
she will resume her study of the movements of returning salmon in eastern
Quebec. Here is
a photo of her with three chimps, orphaned by poachers, that she is taking
2008: Bob Dylan airs an old blues song about the death of FDR and Shoumatoff's
grandmother, Elizabeth Shoumatoff, and talks about her afterwards on his
radio show. Click
here to listen to the broadcast and here
to read about Alex's grandmother.
news! The Shoumatoff's hairstreak lives! The following e-mail was received
in February 2008. Click
2008: Dispatch #38 was re-printed by Vanity Fair in a booklet called "A
Guide to Green Living" and in an anthology for English 101, the college
composition course, called The Reader, edited by Judy Sieg
2008: Dispatch #41 has been submitted by Walrus Magazine for two Canadian
National Magazine Awards.