Joanna Walsh: In South KensingtonDecember 2013
At the Victoria and Albert Museum, a skeptic studies life and death through architecture.
Rebecca Solnit: The Arc of Justice and the Long RunDecember 2013
The future needs us.
Dina Nayeri: Um Girassol da Cor do Seu CabeloDecember 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 AgeDecember 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 SafetyDecember 2013
Temps face a significantly greater risk of injury on the job than permanent employees.
Tina Hassannia: An Iranian in ParisDecember 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 UsDecember 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 DarknessDecember 2013
Why humor saves, with help from Twain.
Abby Rabinowitz: The Elf DiariesDecember 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 EncryptionDecember 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 SightDecember 2013
How we can be midwives to a huge shift in creativity, connection, and citizenship.
Julia Ingalls: Reader AbuseDecember 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 WaterDecember 2013
When a natural resource becomes a weapon of war.
Christopher Meyers: Letter to My GrandnephewDecember 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 2013
Scientists consider extinction---and whether we can avoid it.
Ann Jones: America’s Child SoldiersDecember 2013
How the United States recruits child soldiers.
Aditi Sriram: Heather Rounds is Over ‘There’December 2013
Part essay, part interview, part author, part reader, part 'she,' part The Man of Small Vital Facts.
Bill Moyers: The Great American Class WarDecember 2013
America's class war is telling the oldest story in the nation.
Robert Reich: When Charity Begins at HomeDecember 2013
The problem with charitable donations.
Editors’ Picks: Our Favorite Books from 2013December 2013
It's not too late to write to Santa for these.
Jay Walljasper: Walking as a Way of LifeDecember 2013
A new movement for health and happiness depends on creating more commons where we can easily walk.
Charles Ornstein: Payment DueDecember 2013
The Obamacare deadline no one is talking about.
Charles Ornstein: As HealthCare.gov Rebounds, New Glitches Hit Medicaid EnrollmentsDecember 2013
Obamacare, like Goldilocks, needs enrollees to be neither too rich nor too poor, but just right.
Richard Falk: Nelson Mandela’s InspirationDecember 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 WarDecember 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 AmericaDecember 2013
Why hiring China's "princelings" amounts to business by bribery.
Jessica Conrad: Why Mayors Should Rule the WorldDecember 2013
Except maybe Bob Ford.
Robert Reich: One Answer to Low-Wage Work: Redistributing the GainsDecember 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 EmbodimentDecember 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 EndingDecember 2013
How the intelligence community in America fails to achieve the success of its fictonal counterpart.
Richard Falk: Escaping the Abusive State After SnowdenDecember 2013
The modern liberal state needs to find a decent balance between freedom and security.
Jonathan Lee: Scott Cohen’s Unfinished BalladDecember 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 PrisonersDecember 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 ReformerDecember 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 PartyDecember 2013
On The Punk Singer and Kathleen Hanna’s riotous remaking of American grrrlhood.
Charles Ornstein: Six Questions About HealthCare.gov’s FutureDecember 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 HoleDecember 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 BackDecember 2013
How Wall Street has turned housing into a dangerous get-rich-quick scheme—again.
Robert Reich: The True Price of Great Holiday DealsDecember 2013
How the rise of online retailing harms the very consumers it supposedly serves.
Tom Engelhardt: The American Way of MannersDecember 2013
Move over, Dear Abby. Colonel Manners answers your questions on the etiquette of war, nuclear threats, and civilian surveillance.