charlottesville: why jefferson matters

Annette Gordon-Reed

it was not necessarily thomas jefferson himself, but the ideas associated with him that mattered that night in charlottesville, and warranted forming a protective barrier around his statue on the university of virginia campus. i have no doubt th

2017-08-19 01:03:40  

in the flower garden of the brain

Gavin Francis

it wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that brain structures began to be uncovered, by a spanish microscopist called santiago ramón y cajal. as an undergraduate in neuroscience and then medicine i was given cajal’s drawings to study—they ha

2017-08-18 09:57:27  

loving the vicious race

Geoffrey Wheatcroft

even those with no interest in bike racing might try watching the tour de france, the giro d’italia, and the vuelta a españa, which starts on august 19, on television: they are the best possible travelogues, with aerial shots of three countries

2017-08-17 12:39:29  

the lonely struggle of lee ching-yu

Richard Bernstein

lee ming-che in a sense is like other political prisoners in china, a man stripped of rights, facing in solitary fashion the organized power of the chinese state, but he is also different because he is from taiwan. he is in fact the only taiwane

2017-08-16 11:01:20  

the lonely struggle of lee ching-yu

Richard Bernstein

lee ming-che in a sense is like other political prisoners in china, a man stripped of rights, facing in solitary fashion the organized power of the chinese state, but he is also different because he is from taiwan. he is in fact the only taiwane

2017-08-16 11:01:20  

the books we don’t understand

Tim Parks

what is going on when a book simply makes no sense to you? perhaps a classic that everyone praises. or something new you’re being asked to review. i don’t mean that you find the style tiresome, or the going slow; simply that the characters, thei

2017-08-15 12:10:22  

the books we don’t understand

Tim Parks

what is going on when a book simply makes no sense to you? perhaps a classic that everyone praises. or something new you’re being asked to review. i don’t mean that you find the style tiresome, or the going slow; simply that the characters, thei

2017-08-15 12:10:22  

ending at the beginning

John Banville

for a person as sensitive as kafka was, or at least as he presented himself as being—it is entirely possible to view his life in a light other than the one he himself shone upon it—inner escape was the only available strategy. “if we are to beli

2017-08-13 06:30:03  

ending at the beginning

John Banville

for a person as sensitive as kafka was, or at least as he presented himself as being—it is entirely possible to view his life in a light other than the one he himself shone upon it—inner escape was the only available strategy. “if we are to beli

2017-08-13 06:30:03  

the city strikes a pose

Tobi Haslett

jamel shabazz is a kind of anti-walker evans. born in brooklyn in 1960, he has documented new york street life, largely in the city’s black neighborhoods, with a cheerful guilelessness. a new collection of his work from his beginnings in 1980 to

2017-08-12 05:00:09  

the city strikes a pose

Tobi Haslett

jamel shabazz is a kind of anti-walker evans. born in brooklyn in 1960, he has documented new york street life, largely in the city’s black neighborhoods, with a cheerful guilelessness. a new collection of his work from his beginnings in 1980 to

2017-08-12 05:00:09  

trump’s cruel deportations

Kenneth Roth

a fair immigration system would consider family and community ties before ordering deportation, but us law generally ignores them, and trump’s policies are taking this to new extremes. congress also bears responsibility for its abject failure to

2017-08-11 09:29:41  

trump’s cruel deportations

Kenneth Roth

a fair immigration system would consider family and community ties before ordering deportation, but us law generally ignores them, and trump’s policies are taking this to new extremes. congress also bears responsibility for its abject failure to

2017-08-11 09:29:41  

trump’s cruel deportations

Kenneth Roth

a fair immigration system would consider family and community ties before ordering deportation, but us law generally ignores them, and trump’s policies are taking this to new extremes. congress also bears responsibility for its abject failure to

2017-08-11 09:29:41  

our hackable democracy

Sue Halpern

the recent news that voting machines had been hacked for sport at the def con hackers’ conference, should not have been news at all. since computerized voting was introduced more than two decades ago, it has been shown again and again to have si

2017-08-10 03:05:11  

our hackable democracy

Sue Halpern

the recent news that voting machines had been hacked for sport at the def con hackers’ conference, should not have been news at all. since computerized voting was introduced more than two decades ago, it has been shown again and again to have si

2017-08-10 03:05:11  

our hackable democracy

Sue Halpern

the recent news that voting machines had been hacked for sport at the def con hackers’ conference, should not have been news at all. since computerized voting was introduced more than two decades ago, it has been shown again and again to have si

2017-08-10 03:05:11  

the terrorists go shopping

J. Hoberman

a shabby-chic cadre of photogenic young parisians coordinate a series of terrorist attacks, blowing up or setting fire to buildings and monuments throughout the city, then take refuge after nightfall in an empty department store. nocturama, the

2017-08-09 10:42:11  

the terrorists go shopping

J. Hoberman

a shabby-chic cadre of photogenic young parisians coordinate a series of terrorist attacks, blowing up or setting fire to buildings and monuments throughout the city, then take refuge after nightfall in an empty department store. nocturama, the

2017-08-09 10:42:11  

the terrorists go shopping

J. Hoberman

a shabby-chic cadre of photogenic young parisians coordinate a series of terrorist attacks, blowing up or setting fire to buildings and monuments throughout the city, then take refuge after nightfall in an empty department store. nocturama, the

2017-08-09 10:42:11  

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