About mrkoyen

Jeff Koyen is a freelance writer currently researching a book about the impact of global tourism on the cultures and economies of local populations. Which is to say he recently went backpacking through Asia and Eastern Europe for one year. He is the former editor-in-chief of New York Press who gained brief notoriety for publishing a nasty but funny piece about a dying Pope John Paul II.

The Israeli Asshole

The Israeli Asshole
By November 15, 2006

In Nyaung Shwe, a tiny town in the middle of Myanmar, my native guide Chris is dropping jokes over pitchers of Mandalay beer. “Why does Israelis”—he’s already laughing—“Why do they have such big noses?” I beat him to the punch … Read More