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Dreaming of Michael Lewis

The New New Thing could have aged poorly, but it endures as an example of the author at his understated best

A few weeks ago, a friend and fellow journalist gave me a talking to over the phone. I was... More

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The Tea Party is timeless

Richard Hofstadter’s Anti-Intellectualism In American Life reviewed

Anti-Intellectualism in American Life doesn’t seem like a catchy title, but, more than 50 years on, it has demonstrated... More

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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

I 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

W 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

In 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

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

Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage - “Lovers of journalism in this newsroom are pissed. It’s bad.”

Paper files public records request—and city’s response is a lawsuit - Local officials argue Montana courts should strike balance between privacy and disclosure

BBC Pop-Up reports from small town America - A small team is traveling across the United States for six months in hopes of finding underreported local stories

What game design can do for journalism - Three newly selected fellows at American University talk about the medium’s future

Timeline, an app based on ‘the history of…’ - But chronology doesn’t reveal everything


Photojournalism while pregnant (NYT Mag)

“Momentarily forgetting I was pregnant, I jockeyed for a position close enough to capture the initial moments of euphoria, hurling myself into the mix of hundreds of frenzied relatives. As the weight of men started to close in on me, I realized how vulnerable I was and started to panic.”

We should all step back from security journalism (Medium)

“It should be made clear, in law, that the tasks security reseachers do to make the net more secure and journalists do to understand and contextualize the truth for the public are not crimes”

Trust In Business And Media Is Declining, But People Have Faith In Search Engines (Buzzfeed)

People have become less trusting of major institutions, according to the annual Edelman Trust Barometer. And large majorities doubt that businesses want to make the world a better place.

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed (NYT)

Public editor Margaret Sullivan on why the paper should have published the images.

Bloggingheads

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

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