In Dragnet Nation, Julia Angwin spends a year trying to communicate digitally without being snooped on by the NSA, Google, and all the many other powerful institutions that have worked their way into our online lives. As she discovers, it isn't easy.
These days the island of Más Afuera—five hundred miles west of Santiago, Chile—may be known only as the place Jonathan Franzen went to spread the ashes of David Foster Wallace, as recounted in a 2011 essay in the New Yorker. But in March 1800, Amasa Delano, a ship's captain from New England, arrived
It is the unfortunate fate of many women of a certain period to be recalled not as individuals but as "flappers," a word that seems, to modern chroniclers, a nearly irresistible invitation to a morality tale. A woman of the 1920s might refuse domesticity without consequence; a flapper, on the other
Who gets to be funny and who gets made fun of? Americans never get tired of that question. At least, we Americans in the think-piece-writing business don’t. Are women funny? Are fat jokes cruel playground humor or legitimate satire in an increasingly unfit culture? Did that comic you’ve never
The Everything Store, Brad Stone's reverential biography of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, isn't a book you should feel obliged to read. It doesn't bristle with character development, narrative arc, or unexpected lessons.
By the spring of 2008, nine months after the first iPhone reached the trembling hands of the American consumer, Steve Jobs had grown so suspicious of Google’s nascent Android project that he took an unusual step: He personally traversed the six miles from Apple’s central command in Cupertino to
John Foster Dulles was a dullard and a prig. “He was driven to find and confront enemies, quick to make moral judgments, and not given to subtlety or doubt,” the former New York Times reporter Stephen Kinzer writes in his new biography of the Dulles brothers. In 1957, Foster (as he was familiarly
When you visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, it’s not hard to see how it inspired a small controversy. This monumental King, sculpted by Lei Yixin, an artist from the People’s Republic of China, is a stern-faced titan, arms folded, with his uncompromising gaze fixed in
Henri Lefebvre's notion of "Revolution as Festival," which the great French political thinker developed in his account of popular uprisings of the twentieth century, continues to inspire today's global Left and its ideas of "people power." Cultural theorist Gavin Grindon cannily sees this vernacular
How many "walking wounded"—veterans knocked down by post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury—are there around the country? A half million, more or less, counting the daily drip of suicides and new walk-ins. It's a hard-to-grasp number, but David Finkel he suggests one revealing exercise to help bring it home: "One way would be to imagine the five hundred thousand in total, perhaps as points on a map of America, all suddenly illuminated at once. The sight would be of a country glowing from coast to coast."