Into the Woods and Away from Technology,” The New Yorker
What would it take to make the following sentence come true for you? “The urge to check in, to check out, to Vine, to Snap, to Tumbl, faded with surprising ease.” AFAR contributing writer Chris Colin found his sweet spot in the woodlands of Mendocino County at a weekend retreat called Camp Grounded. —Derk Richardson

Kitchen Portraits: Q&A with Erik Klein Wolterink,” Roads & Kingdoms
I’ve always believed that the contents in a person’s refrigerator can be quite revealing. Dutch photographer Erik Klein Wolterink proves my theory in his book Kitchen Portraits. Roads & Kingdoms interviews the photographer about the project, which  documents the interiors of 11 Amsterdam kitchens, capturing everything from dirty dishes in the dishwasher to the cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink. —Jen Murphy

The Shark’s Fin Redux,” The Clymb
My climbing expertise is pretty much limited to scaling the hills of San Francisco. But I love reading about the adventure travelers who put everything on the line to summit the great peaks of the world. This account, written and photographed by Jimmy Chin, of summiting a mountain called the Shark’s Fin, in India, is visually and conceptually stunning. —Davina Baum

Gascony: France’s New Foodie Destination,” Condé Nast Traveler
There’s a good chance I’ll be moving to Marseille, France, in October, and if I do, Gascony will be one of my first weekend destinations. Known for its foie gras and duck confit, the southwest region bordering Spain has blossomed into a culinary utopia of snout-to-tail eating, carnival-like night markets, and an agricultural scene with a strong sense of terroir. But it’s not all about the food: “One of the great pleasures of travel in Gascony is to feel the ease and authenticity of place,” writer Michael Ruhlman says. Sign me up. —Lara Takenaga

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“Island Time,” Bon Appetit (Not available online)
The June issue of Bon Appetit brings my dream dinner party to life with guests Jack Johnson and Kelly Slater throwing and island-style cook out on the North Shore with help from chef Ed Kenney. The New York Times also catches up with Jack Johnson, who has a new record out this fall,  about banana pancakes, traditional Hawaiian cooking, and the satisfaction of a Hawaiian plate lunch after a being on tour. —Jen Murphy

Rio 2: Samba Strikes Back,” Afropop Worldwide
With protesters taking to the streets, and both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics heading to Brazil, there’s no shortage of news about South America’s biggest country. For those of us who want to dig deeper into the culture in the near term and from a distance, Afropop Worldwide is running a Hip Deep audio report on the music of Rio de Janeiro, following the course of samba through Rio’s popular music in the 20th century. —Derk Richardson

The Gift of Doubt,” The New Yorker
What happens to a Pakistani bamboo-processing plant when all the bamboo dies? Or when you’re halfway done tunneling through a mountain when you realize the rock is much harder than you thought it was? Albert O. Hirschman would say that’s when things get good. This review of a biography of Hirschman, a globe-trotting, polyglot, international man of mystery, and economist might make you rethink, oh, just about everything. —Jeremy Saum

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Photo of an off-the-grid Mendocino llama by Derk Richardson/