Jesse Aizenstat

Jesse Aizenstat sought his education far from his home waters of Southern California, including a stint in tribal Aboriginal Australia and an Armenia-to-Georgia hitchhiking saga worthy of its own book. At 26 years old, he has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, The Surfer's Journal, and The Santa Barbara Independent. A midnight rambler and connoisseur of Kentucky bourbon, he is also a devotee of the outdoors and exploring the limits of personal power. He can often be found surfing the frigid, pre-dawn chaos from San Francisco through the Mexican borders.
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Deviant Journalism: Surfing the Middle East (Part 6/6)

The following is the last of a six-part series of excerpts that Fair Observer will be featuring from Jesse Aizenstat's Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation. Author's Note Just after completing my little journalistic experiment of surfing on both sides of the heated Israeli-Lebanese border, I realize again that this is more than just fun and games.... Continue Reading

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Deviant Journalism: Surfing the Middle East (Part 5/6)

The following is the fifth of a six-part series of excerpts that Fair Observer will be featuring from Jesse Aizenstat's Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation. Author's Note Riding off the thrill of whipping out my second American passport and being allowed to enter Lebanon (with my other, Israeli stamped passport in my back pocket), I arrive in the... Continue Reading

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Deviant Journalism: Surfing the Middle East (Part 4/6)

The following is the fourth of a six-part series of excerpts that Fair Observer will be featuring from Jesse Aizenstat's Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation. Author's Note After getting inadvertently tear-gassed in the West Bank while following my journalist friends to a protest, I make it back to their Bethlehem flat and prepare for my mega,... Continue Reading

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Deviant Journalism: Surfing the Middle East (Part 3/6)

The following is the third of a six-part series of excerpts that Fair Observer will be featuring from Jesse Aizenstat's Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation. Author's Note Leaving my Israeli friend Lee and the Haifa surfers, I reunite with an old journalist friend and we make our way to his flat in Bethlehem, the West Bank. Nobody can cross the... Continue Reading

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Deviant Journalism: Surfing the Middle East (Part 2/6)

The following is the second of a six-part series of excerpts that Fair Observer will be featuring from Jesse Aizenstat's Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation. Author's Note I’m still in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, and catch my first waves in the Middle East and haul to shore a 1,000-year-old anchor from the Mediterranean with Israeli... Continue Reading

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Deviant Journalism: Surfing the Middle East (Part 1/6)

The following is the first of a six-part series of excerpts that Fair Observer will be featuring from Jesse Aizenstat's Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation. Author's Note Fresh off an El Al flight and a free Birthright trip, I arrive in Israel. With my surfboard Che, I take the coastal rail up to the northern city of Haifa. I encounter my first... Continue Reading

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Surfing the Middle East: The Trailer

The following is a trailer to a six-part series of excerpts that Fair Observer will be featuring from Jesse Aizenstat's Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation. Read the first excerpt from the book on July 18. The introduction can be found here. Continue Reading

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Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism From the Lost Generation

The following is an introduction to a six-part series of excerpts that Fair Observer will be featuring from Jesse Aizenstat's Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation. Major in political science. Graduate with honors. Fail to find a job. Go surfing in the Middle East. In 2009, I graduated from college in San Diego, California, and couldn’t find a job.... Continue Reading

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