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Donovan Webster

Donovan Webster is the author of several books, including Aftermath: The Remnants of War and Meeting the Family: One Man’s Journey Through His Human Ancestry. A former senior editor for Outside, he writes for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times Magazine. He has served as deputy editor and editor-at-large of VQR.


E-book editions of Budd Schulberg’s work were released in 2012 by Open Road Media.

Budd Schulberg: An Appreciation

Winter 2013 | Criticism

As a young man, just out of school, he was embracing The Red and the Black as well as Man’s Fate and many other Communist-inflected books, and he hoped to use film-making to make the world a more fair and equitable place. At the time, in his mind, socialism figured into that formula, to a degree.

Evening at Shwedagon Pagoda (Christopher Bartlett)

Burma Exhales

Summer 2012 | Editor's Desk

Burma ranks among the most beguiling and un-homogenized places on Earth. The people are roughly 100 tribes encircled by a national boundary put into place by the colonial British.

Cod World

Summer 2011 | Reporting

"Did you see the northern lights last night?" Captain Geiry asks. He smiles and tosses up his right hand, which is gloved by red insulated rubber, then shakes his head. "They were . . . amazing."

In the Footsteps of Ghosts

A tourist boat flies the Vietnamese Communist flag in Ha Long Bay. "I grow more fascinated by Vietnam every day," Kevin German is saying. "Everything here seems to have a story behind it." German would know. A son of Port Angeles, Washington, he beg [...]