Thomas Larson: Our Multimedial BeginningSeptember 30, 2013
The second installment of “The Social Author” looks at multimedia storytelling, from the Chauvet cave to the internet café.
Shaj Mathew: Poetry for an Ailing HomelandSeptember 30, 2013
The Syrian poet Adunis has largely stayed silent about the civil war currently ravaging his country. His work, though, can help us reflect on the ongoing conflict.
Nina Martin: The Impact and Echoes of the Wal-Mart Discrimination CaseSeptember 30, 2013
Two years after the Supreme Court decision tossing a sex discrimination case against the giant retailer, lawyers for women and minorities are navigating an altered legal landscape
Richard Falk: The Westgate Mall Massacre & the Rage of FanaticismSeptember 27, 2013
How does truth inform genocide, and vice versa?
Jannis Brühl: Where Did Syria’s Chemical Weapons Come From?September 27, 2013
Retracing the steps of Syria’s chemical arsenal.
Sebastian Rotella: In U.S. Trial of Massacre Suspect, a Rare Chance for Guatemalan JusticeSeptember 26, 2013
Following the federal trial of a former military officer from Guatemala’s 1982 civil war.
Jessica Conrad: Taxi Rides Go CommunalSeptember 26, 2013
Shared planes, shared trains; why not shared automobiles?
Scott Cheshire: RapportSeptember 25, 2013
No need for physical pain. Abandonment, helplessness, let a man feel these, and it’s more than enough.
Lewis H. Lapham: Memento MoriSeptember 25, 2013
The death of American exceptionalism—and of me.
Taxcast: On Tina Turner, China, Holland, and Muammar QaddafiSeptember 25, 2013
In this month’s Taxcast: Holland’s recent worries about its bad reputation and the similarities between Tina Turner and Muammar Qaddafi.
Christopher Richards: Henry Darger’s Unadulterated ImaginationSeptember 24, 2013
The work of the prolific outsider artist defies labels.
Michael Grabell: The $13 Test That Saved My Baby’s LifeSeptember 24, 2013
Why isn’t required for every newborn?
Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood: Destroying the Right to Be Left AloneSeptember 24, 2013
The NSA isn’t the only government agency exploiting technology to make privacy obsolete.
Emily Nathan: The Engineer of Sunrays and the Pop-obsessed ProvacateurSeptember 23, 2013
What the work of James Turrell and Paul McCarthy mean in the contemporary art world.
Joe Sexton: Plenty of Misconduct, and 129 Pages of One Judge’s DisbeliefSeptember 23, 2013
A decision in New Orleans overturning the convictions of five police officers for their roles in post-Katrina murders reveals an abundance of prosecutorial misbehavior.
Robert Reich: Incapable of GoverningSeptember 23, 2013
Why the upcoming shutdowns and defaults are symptoms of a deeper Republican malady.
Mattea Kramer and Miriam Pemberton: Beating Swords Into Solar PanelsSeptember 20, 2013
It’s time to re-purpose America’s war machine.
Kassi Underwood: Write Your Heart (or Humiliation) OutSeptember 20, 2013
As the New York Writers’ Coalition annual Write-a-Thon approaches, some thoughts on the role of creativity binges—and community—in the writing life.
Marshall Allen: How Many Die From Medical Mistakes in U.S. Hospitals?September 20, 2013
An updated estimate says at least 210,000 patients.
Mugambi Jouet: An Exceptional DistortionSeptember 19, 2013
“American exceptionalism” does not mean what most people think it means.
Marian Wang: Admission ProcessSeptember 19, 2013
In a newly released survey, admissions directors at public universities speak honestly (and anonymously) about their goals.
Tom Engelhardt: Letter to an Unknown WhistleblowerSeptember 18, 2013
How the security state’s mania for secrecy will create you.
Cora Currier: Killing Military TransparencySeptember 18, 2013
The Obama administration helped kill a push for transparency on military aid.
Rafia Zakaria: Bogotá DividedSeptember 17, 2013
Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Sound of Things Falling explores the imperceptible boundaries and lingering wounds of the Colombian drug wars.
Robert Reich: The Myth of the “Free Market”September 17, 2013
How to make the economy work for us.
Rebecca Solnit: Joy Arises, Rules Fall ApartSeptember 16, 2013
Thoughts for the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.
Richard Falk: Resolving the Syrian Chemical Weapons CrisisSeptember 16, 2013
If an attack on Syria is averted, it could mark a welcome shift in U.S. foreign policy.
Peter Van Buren: What if Congress Says No?September 13, 2013
Why refusing to attack Syria matters.
Marian Wang: Public Universities Ramp Up Aid for the Wealthy, Leaving the Poor BehindSeptember 12, 2013
“Offering “merit aid” over financial aid, colleges and universities are prioritizing smart kids who can pay over smart kids who can’t.”
Jake Bernstein: Inside a New York Drug Clinic, Allegations of Kickbacks and Shoddy CareSeptember 11, 2013
Outpatient drug treatment programs can do more bad than good.