Brent Crane, The New Yorker

Brent Crane

The New Yorker

San Diego, CA, United States

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Past articles by Brent:

Want Snow on Your Palm Trees? Easy.

Recipe for slush in Studio City: one former magician, twenty-two tons of ice, a massive crusher, one big black hose, and a client willing to pay up to a hundred thousand dollars. → Read More

Adaptive Fashion on the Red Carpet

Brent Crane on the actress and disability-rights advocate Lauren (Lolo) Spencer, who headed to Cannes in her wheelchair to promote the film “Give Me Liberty,” with help from a stylist. → Read More

Chasing the World’s Most Endangered Turtle

A combination of hunting, environmental degradation, and rampant development has brought the Yangtze giant softshell to the existential brink. Two wild turtles, occupying separate lakes in northern Vietnam, represent the final hope for the species. → Read More

From Nuisance to Nest: This Artist Makes Shelters From Fallen Limbs and Trees

An educator and dreamer, Californian Jayson Fann perches his larger-than-life creations on the green cliffs of Big Sur and beyond. → Read More

Dude, Just Drink the Liquor and Take the Horn Home Already

It was called cojoyo: a potent fusion of corn, rice, pineapple, and sugar. → Read More

A Tiny Parasite Could Save Darwin’s Finches from Extinction

Brent Crane reports on an attempt to use biological control in the Galápagos Islands to save finches from being annihilated by an invasive species of fly. → Read More

A Tiny Parasite Could Save Darwin’s Finches from Extinction

The iconic birds, which helped inspire the theory of evolution, are under urgent threat. Will a controversial scientific technique be their deliverance? → Read More

In the Kingdom of Dying Ponies

Polo, the sport of kings, hails from the forgotten, violent state of Manipur, India. Can anyone save its endangered, fabled horses? → Read More

A Prehistoric Killer, Buried in Muck

Hunting the teeth of the Megalodon, the largest shark that ever lived, can be very profitable—and very dangerous. → Read More

The Quiet Teahouse Owner Who Secretly Undermined Myanmar’s Dictatorship –

The soft-spoken restaurateur served a killer bowl of noodles, but his clandestine activism against decades of military rule is the real reason his legacy will live on. → Read More

Decline of Salt Farming Leads to Shorebird Shakeout

A key habitat for migratory birds, salt pans are threatened by shifting industrial priorities. → Read More

This Former Gang-Banger Is Banging Out Delicious Cubans in Cambodia

“In America I never would have owned my own business,” says Ry Mam, who was deported from the US but has found success in his small Cuban sandwich shop. → Read More

Protests and Prison Time: the Fight Over Malé’s “Friendship Bridge”

The public closure of a beloved surfing site has sparked unease in the Maldivian capital. → Read More

The Fearless Eco-Vigilante of Cambodia’s Troubled Waters

Narratively is a platform devoted to untold human stories. We avoid the breaking news and focus instead on ordinary people with extraordinary stories. → Read More

Cambodia’s Montagnard Problem

The country has long struggled to deal humanely with the refugees from Vietnam’s Central Highlands. → Read More

Twenty Years Later, the Tokyo Subway Gas Attacks Still Scar Japan

The "Aum Affair," as it is known in Japan, terrified the country and continues to reverberate two decades after cult members attacked the Tokyo subway system with sarin. → Read More

Indonesia's War on Women

"Virginity tests" are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Indonesia's strange, and often terrifyingly restrictive, policies governing women's behavior. → Read More

Should Venues Ban the Selfie Stick?

UK venues have already started banning The Stick. Should the US do the same? → Read More

Should Venues Ban the Selfie Stick?

UK venues have already started banning The Stick. Should the US do the same? → Read More

Drinking Poop Tea with the Chinese Villagers Who Swear by It

Many villagers in China's Hunan Province have taken to drinking tea made entirely of goat and pig manure. A few local woman even says it cured them of cancer. I tried it, and guess what it tastes like. → Read More