Failure & Success Contributors

Meet some of the people that helped create our Summer Issue.

Alan Gastelum

(Photo Editor)

is a filmmaker, photographer, and volunteer for City Parks Foundation’s Partnerships for Parks in New York City, where, since 2011, he’s been compiling a photographic archive of the East River Park.

Amanda Fortini

(“The Great Surrender”)

has written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Wired. She currently lives in Montana, which inspired her story about the incredible power of the natural world. Next year, she will be living in Las Vegas, where nature will be a bit harder to find.

Eli Tetteh

(Serge Attukwei Clottey profile)

is a humanities lecturer at Ashesi University. A freelance writer and editor, he has been published in DUST and nKENTEn. According to Tetteh, “Attukwei’s workshop has the languorous air of a suburban rec center.”

Scottie Cameron

(Homily photo illustrations)

is a photographer with an emphasis on collaboration with designers and art directors. Known for his use of graphic compositions, he uses organic materials and store-bought objects in his works.

Timothy Goodman


is a designer, illustrator, and art director running his own studio in New York City. In 2013, Goodman, with Jessica Walsh, co-created a personal project called “40 Days of Dating,” which was recently turned into a book optioned by Warner Bros.

Lillian Suwanrumpha

(“Buddha’s Hand”, photos)

is a photojournalist based in Bangkok whose work has appeared in The Guardian and The Daily Beast. While photographing Bangkok’s red-light district for GOOD she was given an honorary stripper name Dok Bua (lotus).

Winston Struye

(“Our City is Devastated. We Are Not.”)

is an artist and teacher who works with underserved teens in New York City as part of the Slideluck Youth Initiative, and with teens internationally as part of the National Geographic Student Expeditions Scholarship Program.

Lara Vapnyar

(“Buddha’s Hand”)

is the author of two novels and a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper’s. She has destroyed many Buddha’s hands in her life.

Krishna Hari Dulal

(Cover Photo)

is a 19-year-old student living at the ROKPA Children’s Home in Kathmandu, Nepal. Says Dulal of the cover image: “I took this picture not only to show the effect created by the earthquake, but also to show the people brave enough to deal with it.”

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A parking ticket can cost up to $100 in Las Vegas but the whole thing can be forgiven by bringing in non-perishable food items of equal or greater value to the Parking Services Offices at 500 S. Main Street through December 16.

The program is designed to help the less fortunate during the holidays.

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However, all of that has changed since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Voters in Maine, particularly those who lean left, have run out of patience with Collins and her seeming refusal to stand up to Trump. That frustration peaked with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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