Joanna Walsh: In South Kensington

December 31, 2013

At the Victoria and Albert Museum, a skeptic studies life and death through architecture.

Rebecca Solnit: The Arc of Justice and the Long Run

December 31, 2013

The future needs us.

Dina Nayeri: Um Girassol da Cor do Seu Cabelo

December 30, 2013

She gives me a strange look, turns off the tap and wraps herself in a towel so that her secrets are hidden again.

Jay Walljasper: The Year Bike Sharing Came of Age

December 30, 2013

Once dismissed as a hippy-dippy dream, bike sharing is now reality in New York, Chicago and other cities.

Michael Grabell: How to Improve Temp Worker Safety

December 30, 2013

Temps face a significantly greater risk of injury on the job than permanent employees.

Tina Hassannia: An Iranian in Paris

December 20, 2013

Asghar Farhadi’s The Past raises questions about what makes a film Iranian and how we should treat that category in the first place

Thomas Larson: The Great Literary Future Behind Us

December 20, 2013

The fourth installment of The Social Author examines how literature lost its conversational dynamic, and why that’s a bad thing.

Lewis Lapham: Laughing into Darkness

December 20, 2013

Why humor saves, with help from Twain.

Abby Rabinowitz: The Elf Diaries

December 19, 2013

On a season spent in turmoil, transition, and the glitzy winter wonderland of Harrod’s of London.

Justin Elliott: Presidential Panel Tells NSA to Stop Undermining Encryption

December 19, 2013

The government agency comes under fire for its attempts to undercut the protection of privacy.

Arlene Goldbard: The Cultural Commons Lies Hidden in Plain Sight

December 19, 2013

How we can be midwives to a huge shift in creativity, connection, and citizenship.

Julia Ingalls: Reader Abuse

December 18, 2013

A conversation with Julia Ingalls on the fiction and non-fiction of child abuse.

Michelle Chen: A Deluge of Sewage in Palestine, but Still No Water

December 18, 2013

When a natural resource becomes a weapon of war.

Christopher Meyers: Letter to My Grandnephew

December 17, 2013

Flash Fiction from PEN’s Prison Writing Contest: I have written 721 pages of letters to you. The paper I write letters to you on is 8′ x 10.5′. I hate that.

Dahr Jamail: Are We Falling Off the Climate Precipice?

December 17, 2013

Scientists consider extinction—and whether we can avoid it.

Ann Jones: America’s Child Soldiers

December 16, 2013

How the United States recruits child soldiers.

Aditi Sriram: Heather Rounds is Over ‘There’

December 13, 2013

Part essay, part interview, part author, part reader, part ‘she,’ part The Man of Small Vital Facts.

Bill Moyers: The Great American Class War

December 13, 2013

America’s class war is telling the oldest story in the nation.

Robert Reich: When Charity Begins at Home

December 13, 2013

The problem with charitable donations.

Editors’ Picks: Our Favorite Books from 2013

December 12, 2013

It’s not too late to write to Santa for these.

Jay Walljasper: Walking as a Way of Life

December 12, 2013

A new movement for health and happiness depends on creating more commons where we can easily walk.

Charles Ornstein: Payment Due

December 12, 2013

The Obamacare deadline no one is talking about.

Charles Ornstein: As HealthCare.gov Rebounds, New Glitches Hit Medicaid Enrollments

December 11, 2013

Obamacare, like Goldilocks, needs enrollees to be neither too rich nor too poor, but just right.

Richard Falk: Nelson Mandela’s Inspiration

December 11, 2013

His inspiration reached other jailed leaders, such as Palestine’s Marwan Barghouti who eulogized Mandela from behind his own bars: And from within my prison, I tell you that our freedom seems possible because you reached yours.

Beverly Gologorsky: In the Shadow of War

December 10, 2013

The absence of war in contemporary American literature isn’t about politics or violence; it’s about class.

Robert Reich: JP Morgan Chase, the Foreign Corrupt Practice Act, and the Corruption of America

December 10, 2013

Why hiring China’s “princelings” amounts to business by bribery.

Jessica Conrad: Why Mayors Should Rule the World

December 9, 2013

Except maybe Bob Ford.

Robert Reich: One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the Gains

December 9, 2013

We can finance much of this redistribution to the working poor by ending unnecessary redistributions to the wealthy.

Eve Ensler: Our Work Now Is Embodiment

December 6, 2013

The artist-activist talks with Michael Klein about surviving cancer, working in the Congo, and how both came together in her latest book, In The Body of the World.

Pratap Chatterjee: Hollywood Without the Happy Ending

December 6, 2013

How the intelligence community in America fails to achieve the success of its fictonal counterpart.

Richard Falk: Escaping the Abusive State After Snowden

December 6, 2013

The modern liberal state needs to find a decent balance between freedom and security.

Jonathan Lee: Scott Cohen’s Unfinished Ballad

December 5, 2013

A photographer who understands Nabokov’s assertion that “imagination is a form of memory,” that as human beings we are forever recreating our own lives.

Christie Thompson: How Bureaucrats Stand in the Way of Releasing Elderly and Ill Prisoners

December 5, 2013

The Department of Justice has expanded eligibility for compassionate release. But whether that means more inmates are let out early depends on the “compassion” of prison officials.

Taxcast: Transparency Measures and JFK the Tax Reformer

December 5, 2013

On pariah states attempting to wreck global transparency measures and how Kennedy tried to tackle tax havens.

Leah Carroll: The Revolution is Not a Dinner Party

December 4, 2013

On The Punk Singer and Kathleen Hanna’s riotous remaking of American grrrlhood.

Charles Ornstein: Six Questions About HealthCare.gov’s Future

December 4, 2013

Will the improvements to the site be enough to ensure consumers can get coverage before the December 23 deadline?

Peter Van Buren: Welcome to the Memory Hole

December 4, 2013

Why the NSA’s reaction to Snowden hints at a future that is closer to 1984 than even Orwell could have imagined.

Laura Gottesdiener: The Empire Strikes Back

December 3, 2013

How Wall Street has turned housing into a dangerous get-rich-quick scheme—again.

Robert Reich: The True Price of Great Holiday Deals

December 3, 2013

How the rise of online retailing harms the very consumers it supposedly serves.

Tom Engelhardt: The American Way of Manners

December 2, 2013

Move over, Dear Abby. Colonel Manners answers your questions on the etiquette of war, nuclear threats, and civilian surveillance.