This is the lesson: Great cities are like any other living things, being born and maturing and wearying and dying in their turn. Duh, right? Everyone who’s visited a real city feels that, one way or another. All those rural… Continue Reading
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Behind-the-scenes at an award-winning newspaper, gutted by staff cuts and figuring out how to survive with fewer resources.
To understand why the same Middle Americans and white working class who would have voted Democratic in different decades now supported Trump and the Tea Party, a far-thinking sociologist looks beyond sociological studies and travels to Louisiana to speak to… Continue Reading
When I relax my hands and open my eyes to see Paulo striding along the bridge toward me with another goddamned cigarette between his lips, I fleetingly see him for what he is again: the sprawling thing from my dream,… Continue Reading
An excerpt of Ruth Franklin’s biography of Shirley Jackson, the author of seventeen books and many short stories including “The Lottery,” the bulk of which were written while she was immersed in raising—and being influenced by—her four children.
[Photo by Per Liljas from “Disappearing Ink”] 1) Putting My Camera Down, and Finally Mourning My Parents By Nancy Borowick Photo by Nancy Borowick After documenting their deaths from cancer, one year apart, a photographer decides it’s time to look… Continue Reading
Aided by the rise of mathematical modelling and the protective cover of jargon, economists have become some of the most highly venerated, rarely rebuked intellectuals of our times (even when their track records have proven spotty, at best). But economic issues don’t just deserve the attention and… Continue Reading
Imagine that one morning you discover a ring that grants you magic powers. With this ring on your finger, you can seize the presidency, rob Fort Knox and instantly become the most famous person on the planet. So, would you… Continue Reading
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