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Tales from the Couch

From a magical hideout on the Left Bank to a roach-infested flophouse in the East Village, five writers recall the timeless terror—and surprising satisfaction—of sleeping on...

Antonio and Maria’s Happy Home Invasion

Long before “the sharing economy” took the Internet by storm, an ailing German adventurer and a benevolent Spanish couple sparked a forty-year experiment in ad-hoc hospitality.

Secret Life of an Obsessive Airbnb Host

Determined to quit his tired government job, one D.C. office drone saves $25,000 by renting his apartment nightly and secretly sleeping on the office floor.

Diary of a Craigslist Nightmare

When a pristine studio sublet seems too good to be true, a desperate New York renter descends into an infuriating web of secrets and lies.

Creeped Out by Couchsurfing

Is couchsurfing.org a brave social experiment spreading love and hospitality around the world—or a hedonistic haven for creeps seeking an easy lay?