From The New Criterion, being a Southerner: Barton Swaim on the “habits of affection and behavior” in the American South. Like a pig to mud: Southern living ain’t half bad. Linton Weeks on the hipsterfication of America. From City Journal, Kay S. Hymowitz on how Brooklyn got its groove back: New York’s biggest borough has reinvented itself as a postindustrial hot spot. A review of Crude Awakening: Money, Mavericks, and Mayhem in Alaska by Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger (and more). Abe Sauer on North Dakota and the rise of an American petrostate. Frank Jacobs on the Underwritten States of America. The "Age of Thirst" in the American West: Coming to a theatre near you — the greatest water crisis in the history of civilisation. Cape Fear: A small portion of the Massachusetts coastline is home to America’s biggest witch-hunt, a history of savage wife mobs, the occasional 400 percent increase of unlucky pregnancies, and the world’s largest deposits of black crystals. The first chapter from The Evolution of a Nation: How Geography and Law Shaped the American States by Daniel Berkowitz and Karen B. Clay.