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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

Hey millionaire tech bros: Have patience with the editorial process - Chris Hughes probably wanted to enable great journalism at first. Then the dust settled and before you know it, he’s shaking everything up again

Serial creators don’t know what will happen to Adnan Syed - New developments in his legal case suggest that the outcome is wide open

Price hike at UC Berkeley’s journalism school - Governing body approves additional fee of $7,500 starting 2016

Will Denver really have a newspaper war? - As a billionaire floats reviving the Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post might buckle its chin strap

FOIA reform dies while the press looked the other way - RIP Improvement Act of 2014


The traffic lure of outrage (Slate)

“I didn’t become a journalist to peddle indignation on Facebook. But it sells—the page views don’t lie.”

NBC news producer’s sons were in the besieged school in Peshawar (NBCnews.com)

“I remained silent and didn’t know what to say — I know how such attacks on schools usually end”

Hero mom calls into CSPAN to berate her arguing pundit sons (WaPo)

“This was not planned. She called in on the normal line.”

Dick Cheney doesn’t want to call it torture but the media doesn’t have to follow (Vox)

“People deserve to know that the American government (proudly!) did things that in any other context are called torture”

Bloggingheads

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

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