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West America,” Cool Hunting
Coolhunting interviews bicycle builder Jordan Hufnagel and motorcycle maker James Crowe about their cool new adventure outfitter brand West America. —Jen Murphy 

How to Write,” New York Times
Ostensibly about writing, but really could apply to any creative process. —Derek Butcher

The Best Biodynamic and Organic Wineries Around the Globe,” The Cultureist
While I can’t say that I make it a practice to drink only biodynamic wines, I do agree with their sustainable practices. It’s fun to read about these four wineries in South Africa, France, Greece, and Argentina. —Davina Baum 

Marie Colvin’s Private War,” Vanity Fair
This article about the death of journalist Marie Colvin, war correspondent for the Times of London is not cheerful, but fascinating. The Syrian safe house she was in was bombed. —Jane Palecek

The Immortal ‘70s,” Afropop Worldwide
Music journalist Banning Eyre produced this superb radio survey of 1970s African pop music in 2005. It has been revived on Afropop Worldwide and features such key but largely forgotten acts as the Green Arrows, Zexie Manatsa, Balla & Ses Balladins, as well as Sorry Bamba, Ali Farka Toure, and others.  —Derk Richardson

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Maximum City, Suketu Mehta
Author Suketu Mehta returns to his childhood home of Mumbai (Bombay) after spending 21 years abroad. He becomes fascinated by people living on the fringes of this extreme city—gang lords of the slums, dancers in the go-go bars, characters on the Bollywood set. The scenes alternate between beautiful and unsettling as they capture the restless, hopeful, and adaptive spirit of modern Mumbaikars. This video narrated by AFAR contributing writer Matt Gross gives you a little taste of the Maximum City. —Serena Renner

Lima’s Best Ceviche,” Wall Street Journal
Nicholas Gill, the writer behind New World Review, a journal of food, drink, and travel in the Americas, shares the 7 best spots for ceviche in Peru with the Wall Street Journal. —Jen Murphy

Southwest Road Trip 2012 Day 6: Photography Tour through Grand Staircase-Escalante,” Misadventures with Andi
AFAR Ambassador, Andi Fisher, has been uploading unbelievable Highlights on AFAR.com these past couple of weeks. I have especially enjoyed her photography from her road trip through America’s Southwest. I couldn’t get enough, so I seeked out the full story on her blog. —Lauren Nicholl 

Chocolate May Help Blood Pressue, Cognition, Scientists Say,” California Watch
Making sense of my chocolate addiction, and feeling great about it! —Stephanie Bradley

Image by Christine Medina, courtesy of Cultureist.com.