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Second Read

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Uncommon ground

J. Anthony Lukas realized something larger than the truth

In the fall of 1974, black schoolchildren from Boston's Roxbury neighborhood climbed into school buses bound for South Boston,... More

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America’s secret fetish

Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s Secrecy: The American Experience is an optimistic book; reading it today brings despair

The ease with which the United States government creates new state secrets masks the ultimate cost of the secret's... More

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In the name of the father

An editor who soared, then flew away

Here are some of the things and people that my father loved: Gregorian chant, Joe Louis, airplanes, the Detroit... More

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Clarion call

The future of the alternative press can be found in its past

Alt-media maven Stephen Mindich, longtime publisher of the Boston Phoenix, in 1976. (Peter Simon) I spent the morning of... More

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Home truths

For the essayist Albert Murray, the South was a state of mind

Editor's note: Essayist, critic, and novelist Albert Murray died on Sunday at his home in Harlem. He was 97. Earlier... More

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Gorky peek

The Second Russian Revolution gave viewers an unprecedented glimpse inside a rapidly liberalizing Soviet Union

In the spring of 1989, after decades of being kept out in the cold by Communist secrecy and propaganda,... More

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A beautiful mind

In Is There No Place on Earth for Me?, Susan Sheehan told the complete story of one woman’s struggles with schizophrenia

There were times when the lobby of The Village Voice seemed to be a magnet for crazy people. When... More

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Human capital

In O Albany!, William Kennedy pays homage to the hard-to-love city that is his novels’ greatest hero

On January 16, 1928, William Joseph Kennedy suffered a misfortune of birth only slightly preferable to bastardy. Having drawn... More

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Rocky Mountain fever

Gene Fowler’s Timber Line celebrates the chicanery and showmanship of the original Denver Post

In the winter of 1907, Denver showed the rest of the nation how to fight a newspaper war. The... More

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Look back on anger

At his best, Ambrose Bierce used vicious satire to puncture the smug complacency of America’s Gilded Age

 s journalist, short-story writer, and poet Ambrose Bierce one of the biggest SOBs in American literature? He is certainly... More

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Laboratory confidential

The Double Helix’s warts-and-all portrayal of scientific pursuits shook up the formal world of science writing

 hen The Double Helix appeared in the winter of 1968, I reviewed it for The Laureate, the literary magazine... More

The Auteurs’ Caretaker

Penelope Gilliatt didn’t care about movies as much as she cared about the people who made them

n 1968, New Yorker editor William Shawn decided to start taking the movies seriously. Up to that point, the... More

The Road Book

Before Ernie Pyle went to war, he wrote about America

n the spring of 1932, Ernie Pyle took over as the new managing editor of The Washington Daily News,... More

How the Past Saw the Present

The future of journalism has always been on journalism’s mind

JR knew about the iPad a good fifteen years before there was an iPad to know about. In a... More

Among the Mongers

Henry Mayhew and the pursuit of history, from the bottom up

here is no place in any era more evocative of soot, steam, gruel, and misery than Victorian London. It... More

How Forbes got to $475 million - That’s what a Hong Kong investor has agreed to pay for a firm that two years ago had trouble paying its rent

Are female journalists up to the job of a Jill Abramson interview? - Reporters avoid unflattering discussion about her firing

How to check if that viral video is true - Journalists don’t always verify user-generated content, so readers need to learn how to verify what they see online

The Grand Dame of Florida reporting has retired twice, but she’s still causing trouble - A conversation with the Tampa Bay Times’ Lucy Morgan

Brick by brick - After years of shrinking ambition at The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has the paper thinking global domination


How to be a decent entertainment reporter (Eric Danton)

“Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter”

A First Look update (First Look Media)

“[R]ather than immediately launching a large collection of digital ‘magazines’ based on strong, expert journalists with their own followings, as we imagined earlier, we’ll begin by building out the two we’ve started and then explore adding new ones as we learn”

The White House deploys minders to interviews all the time (WaPo)

“Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between reporters and the proverbial ‘senior administration officials’ is conducted in the presence of a press staffer”

The down-and-dirty history of TMZ (BuzzFeed)

“TMZ’s real engine — what defines its mission, what legitimizes it and sets it apart — is a unique and controversial mix of scandal mongering and investigative journalism”

Bloggingheads

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

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The Business of Digital Journalism

A report from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

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