About Things Dangerous
Things Dangerous is the world through a journalist’s eyes.
This site came about after a failed trip to China. Struggling to find buyers for an expensive story about financial infrastructure in the nation’s forgotten west, I thought about all the good stories that get left on the cutting room floor. It pushed me to finally follow through on my longtime plans and create a site for all those orphaned stories, the ones worth telling that could never find a home.
One step at a time this idea took shape and got bigger until it became the site you’re visiting today.
This is a site dedicated to both long and short form travel writing. Its mission is to report on things beautiful and interesting, dangerous and rare. It is dedicated to the sound of grilling meat after a Thai midnight, the call to adventure hiding in a Netflix queue and the hopes of a marginalized community on the slopes of Lima. This site is about the world we live in and the people we share it with, and is one where lighthearted and fun travel pieces can run next to serious reporting.
And, like most journalism, Things Dangerous is about power, how it’s used and the people who have none.
The title of this site is named in honor of Life Magazine’s old motto, “to see the world… things dangerous to come to.” There’s a lot of world out there, and a lot of stories to be told about it and the process of seeing it. Things Dangerous is about the stories we tell and what it takes to tell those stories.