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Critical Eye

Out of Africa

The raw and redemptive odyssey of a Burundian refugee

Strength in What Remains | By Tracy Kidder | Random House | 304 pages, $26 “The world is full of... More

Core Competencies

Alex Jones on why we must maintain the “iron core of news”

Losing the News: The Future of the News That Feeds Democracy | By Alex S. Jones | Oxford University Press... More

Asphalt Jungle

A fresh look at a monumental smackdown over urban renewal

Wrestling With Moses: How Jane Jacobs Took on New York’s Master Builder and Transformed the American City | By Anthony... More

“Malaise” Maligned

A look back at Jimmy Carter’s ill-fated speech

'What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?': Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech that Should Have Changed... More

The Art of Listening

Pete Hamill chats about the joys of A.J. Liebling

With his phenomenal ear and rococo prose--not to mention the sort of wit that can still leave a reader helpless... More

A Lapdog in Wolffe’s Clothing

One journalist’s fawning account of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign

Renegade: The Making of a President | By Richard Wolffe | Crown | $26, 368 pages Last month, Politico’s Ben... More

Pilgrims or Progress?

A Harper’s editor’s stint as a cultural virologist

And Then There's This: How Stories Live and Die in Viral Culture | By Bill Wasik | Viking Press |... More

Where Credit Is Due

A Financial Times reporter explores how a JP Morgan invention spurred the financial crisis

Fool's Gold: How the Bold Dream of a Small Tribe at J.P. Morgan Was Corrupted by Wall Street Greed and... More

Hand Crafted

Can a return to manual labor fix our ailing economy?

Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work | By Matthew B. Crawford | The Penguin Press... More

With God On Our Side

Reza Aslan redraws the line in the sand

How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror By Reza Aslan |... More

Polar Distress

Cass Sunstein on the dynamics of extremism

Going to Extremes: How Like Minds Unite and Divide By Cass R. Sunstein | Oxford University Press | 208 pages,... More

Channel Surfing in Riyadh

The combustible politics and morphing media of the Middle East

The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East By Neil... More

Harrison Redux

The resurrection of a pioneering cultural journalist

Book reviewers for newspapers write the first draft of cultural history. Or so we tell ourselves, at times, to lift... More

High and Outside

The author of Generation Kill chronicles the lost tribes of America

Evan Wright won himself a mass audience with Generation Kill (2004), which expanded on the Iraqi reportage he had done... More

Married to the Military

Opposites attract in this ex-stripper’s memoir of army life

I Love a Man in Uniform: A Memoir of Love, War, and Other Battles By Lily Burana | Weinstein Books... More

Why won’t journalists ask Bill Cosby the tough questions? - Sexual assault charges are hardly ever mentioned to the TV star

Knoxville’s alt-weekly wasn’t losing money. It got shut down anyway - Scripps pulls the plug on Metro Pulse in favor of an entertainment supplement for the local daily

Chuck Todd’s Obama book says more about the author than it does about the president - ‘The Stranger’ underscores a broader problem with the way we cover politics

Beware labeling Pope Francis a liberal - Political boxes like liberal/conservative and evolutionist/creationist miss his real significance

The Virginian-Pilot produces a breakthrough investigation amid layoffs - Reporter John Holland discusses how the story came together, newsroom cutbacks, and colleagues who cover for each other


Which media outlets use ‘illegal immigrant’? (Fusion)

“[I]n spite of all the good reasons not to use the phrase, it is still very easy to find in the US press, even in headlines”

Jack Shafer on losing his job (Capital New York)

“Right now, my immediate plan is to go to work as a lay therapist at The Intercept to bring the healing there so John Cook and Matt Taibbi can return. I have great interpersonal skills.”

On outlets that continue to call unknown drone victims ‘militants’ (The Intercept)

“Like the US drone program itself, this deceitful media practice continues unabated”

UNITY’s convention is no more (All Digitocracy)

“The organization’s board of directors decided that UNITY will no longer host the quadrennial conferences for which it had become known”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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