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The Iceman Commeth

Hof climbed mount everest in shorts, can hold his breath for five minutes and fight off disease with his mind. Now he wants to teach you.

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The Commodified Body

Assessing Kara Swanson’s Banking on the Body, study of banked human blood, sperm and milk.

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Diamond Mountain

The pursuit of enlightenment led to death and madness for Ian Thorson, Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally

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The Bone Factory

For more than a century bones from the countryside of West Bengal, India provided raw materials for anatomical education in Western universities.

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About Scott Carney


Scott Carney is an investigative journalist and anthropologist whose stories blend narrative non-fiction with ethnography. He has been a contributing editor at Wired and his work also appears in Mother Jones, Foreign Policy, Playboy, Details, Discover, Outside, and Fast Company. He regularly appears on variety of radio and television stations from NPR to National Geographic TV, and has had academic work published in Nature and SAIS Journal. In 2010 he won the Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism for the story “Meet the Parents” which tracked an international kidnapping-to-adoption ring . His first book, “The Red Market: On the Trail of the World’s Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers and Child Traffickers” was published by William Morrow in 2011 and won the 2012 Clarion Award for best non-fiction book. He first traveled to India while he was a student at Kenyon College in 1998 and over the course of several years inside and outside the classroom he learned Hindi. In 2004 he received a MA in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. All told, he has spent more than half a decade in South Asia. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.