Politics

Wanted: More Devious Politicians

Wanted: More Devious Politicians

Mister, we could use a Lannister these days.The uber-Machiavellian Lannisters of Game of Thrones work the long con, arranging dynastic marriages and long-term alliances with downright prescience. And they’re not even the most devious plotters in t...

At least the schemers on shows like Game of Thrones are competent, which is more than we can say for this year’s crop of political masterminds.

Keep Reading

America’s First Post-Gay Governor

America’s First Post-Gay Governor

2014 has been a big year for gay and lesbian civil rights. Same-sex marriage was enshrined into law in half a dozen states, and may be legalized in a half dozen more by the time the year is out. Social conservatives are all but publicly admitting ...

Maine Democrat Mike Michaud might become the country’s first openly gay governor. And most voters there couldn’t care less.

Keep Reading

How This Election Could Go to January

How This Election Could Go to January

You all know the old cliché “it’s gonna be a long election night.” Well, this one is going to be really long. Like, there’s a very much less-than-crazy chance it’ll last until January. For a reality that shocking and discombobulating, this situati...

The polls say Republicans will likely eke out a small majority in the Senate this Election Day. But hold on: Factor in the runoffs, and things get weird real fast.

Keep Reading

Wanted: More Devious Politicians

Wanted: More Devious Politicians

Mister, we could use a Lannister these days.The uber-Machiavellian Lannisters of Game of Thrones work the long con, arranging dynastic marriages and long-term alliances with downright prescience. And they’re not even the most devious plotters in t...

At least the schemers on shows like Game of Thrones are competent, which is more than we can say for this year’s crop of political masterminds.

Keep Reading

Will the GOP Get the Message in Kansas?

Will the GOP Get the Message in Kansas?

For many political observers, the question about Kansas these days is no longer, “What’s the matter?” so much as, “What the fuck?”There was the unexpectedly close GOP Senate primary—three-term incumbent Pat Roberts wound up winning by 7 points—and...

The state’s ruinous foray into Tea Party economics has turned off huge swaths of Republican voters. So why are its candidates going even further to the right?

Keep Reading

Trump Travels to Iowa, Bashes New York

Trump Travels to Iowa, Bashes New York

Donald Trump has gone all the way to Iowa to insult New York.The bombastic New York-based millionaire held a press conference with Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King in Des Moines Tuesday, where he proclaimed that LaGuardia and JFK were “like third w...

The real estate tycoon, who flirted with a run for New York governor earlier this year, visits the Midwest to endorse a controversial right-wing congressman.

Keep Reading

Entertainment

Inside Amazon’s Political Fun ‘House’

Inside Amazon’s Political Fun ‘House’

On the wall of the Alpha House set in Queens, New York, one of President George W. Bush’s infamous paintings hangs, from where it will play a pivotal part in the second season premiere of Amazon’s political comedy.“I think I saw it on Buzzfeed,” c...

Free shipping and a TV show? It seemed crazy, but thanks to the success of the political comedy ‘Alpha House,’ Amazon is officially a player in the original series business.

Keep Reading

Men Squeeze Into Sexy Halloween Costumes

Men Squeeze Into Sexy Halloween Costumes

With Halloween coming up, and parades and parties filling up calendars from now until the 31st, stores break out the “sexy” costumes hoping to attract women who want to wear thin outfits that hardly cover their bodies on a blustery fall evening.B...

It's not what they expected

Keep Reading

Blackward Thinking in the NFL

Blackward Thinking in the NFL

Editor's Note: Carl Banks is a former NFL linebacker.On Wednesday, a report surfaced that a rift has developed inside the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks’ locker room  — purportedly due to a certain segment of the team’s player...

The discussion of race in the league just serves to distract from why players misbehave.

Keep Reading

Brad Pitt, Louis C.K. Between Two Ferns

Brad Pitt, Louis C.K. Between Two Ferns

A newly svelte Zach Galifianakis returns to his Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns for the first time since he interviewed President Obama. Maintaining the high caliber of guest to which his viewers have become accustomed, Galifianakis welc...

And somehow it’s more awkward than the Obama interview

Keep Reading

Men Squeeze Into Sexy Halloween Costumes

Men Squeeze Into Sexy Halloween Costumes

With Halloween coming up, and parades and parties filling up calendars from now until the 31st, stores break out the “sexy” costumes hoping to attract women who want to wear thin outfits that hardly cover their bodies on a blustery fall evening.B...

It's not what they expected

Keep Reading

The Revival of Kieran Culkin

The Revival of Kieran Culkin

There’s a sequence in Igby Goes Down where the titular hero, played with seemingly effortless charm and panache by Kieran Culkin, struts down a Manhattan sidewalk in slow-mo like a miniature master of the universe. His floppy hair dances in the wi...

He went from child stardom to a Golden Globe nod in Igby Goes Down. Then he disappeared. Now, he’s back in the Broadway play This Is Our Youth. Culkin opens up about his unusual jour...

Keep Reading

The Childish Genius of Pee-wee Herman

The Childish Genius of Pee-wee Herman

Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal published an article about MKG, a Manhattan-based “experiential marketing, social media and branding agency” that’s become known for its lavish, company-wide summer parties. At the suggestion of founder M...

‘I know you are, but what am I?’ Is Pee-wee a timeless entertainer or a throwback for Gen Xers who want to see a childhood hero grown up and ironically knocking back shots?

Keep Reading

Channing Tatum Is Foxcatcher’s Real Star

Channing Tatum Is Foxcatcher’s Real Star

LONDON, England — Forget what you’ve heard about Oscar-buzz behemoth Foxcatcher, Steve Carell might be playing it straight for a change but that doesn’t automatically make him the best thing in this true crime drama.Carell is good in a brooding, a...

Steve Carell and his prosthetic nose are good in the brooding, atmospheric film, but it’s Tatum who is perfect as a beefed up ’80s athlete in double denim.

Keep Reading

The Revival of Kieran Culkin

The Revival of Kieran Culkin

There’s a sequence in Igby Goes Down where the titular hero, played with seemingly effortless charm and panache by Kieran Culkin, struts down a Manhattan sidewalk in slow-mo like a miniature master of the universe. His floppy hair dances in the wi...

He went from child stardom to a Golden Globe nod in Igby Goes Down. Then he disappeared. Now, he’s back in the Broadway play This Is Our Youth. Culkin opens up about his unusual jour...

Keep Reading

World News

Ukraine’s Wild and Wooly Elections

Ukraine’s Wild and Wooly Elections

ODESSA, Ukraine — The three-week election campaign turned into a game of “Survivor” for Vladimir Rondin, a candidate from Odessa in parliamentary elections that could decide whether Ukraine sets a new, more democratic course, or slips back into th...

The vote on Sunday could take Ukraine toward a modern functioning democracy or plunge it back into a cesspool of corruption. Right now it’s anybody’s call.

Keep Reading

Rand Paul Channels Malala to Bash Obama

Rand Paul Channels Malala to Bash Obama

Rand Paul will use the words of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to attack President Obama during a major foreign-policy address on Thursday evening.In recent months, the Kentucky senator’s foreign policy has been called everything from...

The Kentucky senator will try to end confusion over his foreign policy but not before he attacks the White House from the left.

Keep Reading

Chinese Tourists Selfie HK Protests

Chinese Tourists Selfie HK Protests

HONG KONG, China — In its fourth week, Occupy Hong Kong has lost steam, and the bright smiles that were on young, idealistic faces have been displaced by weary, suntanned brows. The long haul has become a slow grind. The crowds have thinned, and t...

Mainland Chinese come to take selfies, and leave with a notion of the outside world, and the workings of democracy, they’d never seen before.

Keep Reading

Ukraine Forgets About Its Soldiers

Ukraine Forgets About Its Soldiers

LVIV, Ukraine—Indifference was what Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines found most painful, and indifference is what provokes their parents, struggling for their rights at home, to mount angry protests.On a recent afternoon, a group of mothers a...

As elections approach on Sunday, so do protests about the government’s neglect of soldiers on the front line.

Keep Reading

Rand Paul Channels Malala to Bash Obama

Rand Paul Channels Malala to Bash Obama

Rand Paul will use the words of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to attack President Obama during a major foreign-policy address on Thursday evening.In recent months, the Kentucky senator’s foreign policy has been called everything from...

The Kentucky senator will try to end confusion over his foreign policy but not before he attacks the White House from the left.

Keep Reading

How Big Is The Canadian Terror Network?

How Big Is The Canadian Terror Network?

Terrorists have twice attacked Canadian government targets this week, with a shooting Wednesday at the country’s parliament in Ottawa. Now Canadian and American authorities are trying to learn whether the killers acted alone or were part of a larg...

Canadian officials were quick to finger ISIS in this week’s attacks on government targets. But it’s still not clear whether or not the killers were part of a larger jihadist web.

Keep Reading

Live From Texas: Women in the World!

Live From Texas: Women in the World!

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wi...

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on the issues important to women around the globe. From Ebola to immigration, from honor killing to the strains of military lif...

Keep Reading

Terrorist Ends Canada’s Innocence

Terrorist Ends Canada’s Innocence

An unprecedented attack shook Canada on Wednesday as at least one gunman attacked parliament and the country's war memorial in the capital, Ottawa. A fundamentally quiet and orderly town, Ottawa was rocked by the shooting of a uniformed Canad...

A gunman attacked parliament in an unprecedented attack, bringing violence to the very heart of Canadian democracy.

Keep Reading

How Big Is The Canadian Terror Network?

How Big Is The Canadian Terror Network?

Terrorists have twice attacked Canadian government targets this week, with a shooting Wednesday at the country’s parliament in Ottawa. Now Canadian and American authorities are trying to learn whether the killers acted alone or were part of a larg...

Canadian officials were quick to finger ISIS in this week’s attacks on government targets. But it’s still not clear whether or not the killers were part of a larger jihadist web.

Keep Reading

U.S. News

Ebola in NYC Hurts Patients Everywhere

Ebola in NYC Hurts Patients Everywhere

Just before arriving in the Ebola-torn nation of Guinea, 33-year-old Craig Spencer posted a picture of himself on Facebook smiling in a yellow hazmat suit, face mask, and gloves—his new uniform.In the caption next to his image, after announcing hi...

Craig Spencer wanted to inspire other doctors to go fight the outbreak in West Africa. Instead, they may be scared away—right when they’re needed most.

Keep Reading

How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught

How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught

The Farah girls, aged 17 and 15, told their father they were too sick to go to school on Friday morning.So the father, 68-year-old Ali Farah, let them stay home as he set off for work from the family’s apartment in Arapahoe County in Colorado.At 1...

Complaints of illness, snatching $2,000 from dad, a quick trip to Denver airport—and the three were apparently Syria-bound. What happened next was not your typical runaway tale.

Keep Reading

Inside a Serial Killer’s Playground

Inside a Serial Killer’s Playground

GARY, Indiana—Over a din of smart-ass comments and after-work banter, Peg at Bugsy’s Tavern asks the obvious question: “You guys wanna watch the news?” The answer is yes, of course, and the crowd at the tiny bar off the main drag in this busted to...

Darren Deon Vann's hometown has 10,000 abandoned houses, more than enough for him to hide six bodies. Even worse, it's a place where women disappear without being missed.

Keep Reading

Ebola in NYC Hurts Patients Everywhere

Ebola in NYC Hurts Patients Everywhere

Just before arriving in the Ebola-torn nation of Guinea, 33-year-old Craig Spencer posted a picture of himself on Facebook smiling in a yellow hazmat suit, face mask, and gloves—his new uniform.In the caption next to his image, after announcing hi...

Craig Spencer wanted to inspire other doctors to go fight the outbreak in West Africa. Instead, they may be scared away—right when they’re needed most.

Keep Reading

Women: D.C. Rabbi Spied on Us in Nude

Women: D.C. Rabbi Spied on Us in Nude

New details on the top Washington, D.C. rabbi arrested last week for voyeurism show how he allegedly lured women into the sights of his spy cams.Prosecutors allege Rabbi Barry Freundel recorded women in Kesher Israel synagogue’s ritual bath, or mi...

Multiple converts at Barry Freundel’s synagogue say he asked them to take nude practice baths, which prosecutors say is when he used hidden cameras to record them.

Keep Reading

The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

We’re two weeks from Election Day, and you can feel political debates turning bitter, more personal.Even in a midterm election when exhaustion rather than exultation drives the conversation, there is a desperation behind the poll watching. There a...

We may have unprecedented access to information, but our fellow citizens are corralling themselves off from opposing viewpoints in their media consumption, according to a new study.

Keep Reading

Tech + Health

What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa?

What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa?

ROME, Italy — Long before Ebola was a household word and a global crisis, West Africa was a daunting place. It was a corner of the world where you could get caught in the crossfire of any number of local criminal gang activities or civil wars if y...

Ebola’s getting the world’s attention right now, but long-standing programs against diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS are being neglected and thousands more may die in the meantime.

Keep Reading

The Front Lines of Ebola

The Front Lines of Ebola

With close to 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, the stories of individuals in the middle of the fight are more important than ever.

With close to 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, the stories of individuals in the middle of the fight are more important than ever.

Keep Reading

Magical Gardens for the Blind and Deaf

Magical Gardens for the Blind and Deaf

When I walk into the Stephen Knolls School’s greenhouse, cheerfully bright even on an overcast day, the humidity frizzes my hair into a delirious halo. The school’s principal, Kim Redgrave, is explaining the school’s gardening program to me when t...

Sensory gardens are outdoor spaces designed to stimulate the senses and increase awareness of the body. Why they are so important for physically and cognitively disabled kids (and th...

Keep Reading

Will U.S. Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?

Will U.S. Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?

The U.S. Navy is slowly preparing the first of its massive, 15,500-ton Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers for sea next year. But questions remain about many of the technologies onboard the new ships. First and foremost: can the thing even stay afloa...

It features a radical design and next-gen gear. But the U.S. Navy’s most advanced ship may have a wee problem: it just might fall into the sea.

Keep Reading

The Front Lines of Ebola

The Front Lines of Ebola

With close to 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, the stories of individuals in the middle of the fight are more important than ever.

With close to 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, the stories of individuals in the middle of the fight are more important than ever.

Keep Reading

This Is How Ebola Conspiracies Start

This Is How Ebola Conspiracies Start

George Will is many things. He’s a baseball enthusiast. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. He’s a regular talk-show panelist on one network or another.What George Will is not is any kind of expert on public health, which he was all too happy...

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will implied in an interview that Ebola may be airborne. He’s no scientist or public-health expert, but he’s fueling conspiracy theorists.

Keep Reading

NYC Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm

NYC Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm

When there are free bagels and coffee going untouched at a New York City event, something serious is at hand.This was the scene Tuesday where nearly 7,000 doctors, nurses, and health care workers in jeans, scrubs, and nursing shoes sat listening t...

At an Ebola education meeting in New York City, attendees were concerned but calm. As one NYC nurse put it, “We roll with the punches.”

Keep Reading

The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

She may be a Barbie girl but she’s no longer living in a Barbie world.Last week, toy manufacturer Mattel announced on a conference call that sales for their flagship doll have been on a precipitous decline for three consecutive quarters. As Forbes...

Mattel recently announced a huge decline in Barbie sales, resulting in $11.2 million lost. Is the Barbie era over? And if so, how will the doll be remembered?

Keep Reading

This Is How Ebola Conspiracies Start

This Is How Ebola Conspiracies Start

George Will is many things. He’s a baseball enthusiast. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. He’s a regular talk-show panelist on one network or another.What George Will is not is any kind of expert on public health, which he was all too happy...

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will implied in an interview that Ebola may be airborne. He’s no scientist or public-health expert, but he’s fueling conspiracy theorists.

Keep Reading

BeastStyle

Harlem’s Hat-Making Renaissance

Harlem’s Hat-Making Renaissance

When we meet, Marc Williamson tells me he wants to corner the hat market by “passing the torch of good taste from one generation to the next.” Seven weeks ago, he opened his shop, the Flamekeepers Hat Club on West 121st Street, steps away from Fre...

Marc Williamson’s mission is to get us interested in hats, and find the right one for our heads. His shop, Flamekeepers Hat Club, attracts Wall Street businessmen and downtown hipsters.

Keep Reading

Mona Lisa Theft's Prime Suspect: Picasso

Mona Lisa Theft's Prime Suspect: Picasso

On August 21, 1911—a humid Monday morning—in Paris, France, a man walked out of the Louvre with a large, 18-pound object consisting of a mischievous smile painted on three slabs of wood, protruding from his jacket. The thief had just made off with...

The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in August 1911. How did one of the best-known painters of all time become a prime suspect?

Keep Reading

How Brooklyn Invaded Paris

How Brooklyn Invaded Paris

Last week Jay-Z brought his trademark “real Brooklyn” charisma to Paris when he privately toured the Louvre with wife Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy. But even before this celebrity benediction, Brooklyn was thriving in the City of Lights.Paris’ nor...

In Paris, you can go to the Brooklyn Café, or have brunch à la Brooklyn. There’s a Brooklyn Coffee in London. How did the borough become an international brand?

Keep Reading

Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard

Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard

On a sprawling, idyllic cluster of rolling hills in an otherwise industrial section of New York City, history’s finest and most notorious have been laid to rest.Green-Wood Cemetery should have its own ZIP code. Covering nearly 500 acres in the mid...

Once a popular tourist haunt, Green-Wood Cemetery is the final resting place for many infamous New Yorkers, from Boss Tweed and his acolytes to murderers and mafiosi.

Keep Reading

Mona Lisa Theft's Prime Suspect: Picasso

Mona Lisa Theft's Prime Suspect: Picasso

On August 21, 1911—a humid Monday morning—in Paris, France, a man walked out of the Louvre with a large, 18-pound object consisting of a mischievous smile painted on three slabs of wood, protruding from his jacket. The thief had just made off with...

The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in August 1911. How did one of the best-known painters of all time become a prime suspect?

Keep Reading

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Keeps Her Job

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Keeps Her Job

It looks like Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the object of near-universal criticism since she violated a self-imposed 21-day quarantine last week after returning from reporting on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, is keeping her job as NBC News’s chief medical...

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman caused controversy when she broke her Ebola quarantine by popping out for soup. But she’ll be back on air next month.

Keep Reading

A City Hall Affair to Remember

A City Hall Affair to Remember

This is a story about sharp elbows, rude words, constant combat, insinuating gossip, and bitter rivalries—most of it occurring in a tiny, cramped pressroom in the most media-centric metropolis on the planet—and it’s also about the power of love an...

Capital New York’s City Hall correspondent is in a relationship with the mayor’s chief spokesman, but the website’s editor insists there is no conflict of interest.

Keep Reading

De La Renta: First Ladies’ First Choice

De La Renta: First Ladies’ First Choice

A fortnight ago, Michelle Obama wore a navy embroidered cocktail dress by the American designer Oscar de la Renta to a cocktail party for the Fashion Education Workshop she hosted at the White House. The dress was, of course, beautiful and elegant...

From Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama—via Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush—Oscar de la Renta created regal dresses for American first ladies.

Keep Reading

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Keeps Her Job

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Keeps Her Job

It looks like Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the object of near-universal criticism since she violated a self-imposed 21-day quarantine last week after returning from reporting on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, is keeping her job as NBC News’s chief medical...

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman caused controversy when she broke her Ebola quarantine by popping out for soup. But she’ll be back on air next month.

Keep Reading

Women in the World

Live From Texas: Women in the World!

Live From Texas: Women in the World!

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wits are sharp,” Tina Brown told the crowd at day’s end. The event, with Toyota as presenting sponsor, was co-hosted by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, journalist Marie Brenner, Aaronetta Hamilton Pierce, Ambassador Karen Hu...

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on the issues important to women around the globe. From Ebola to immigration, from honor killing to the strains of military lif...

Keep Reading

Photos: Women in the World Texas

Photos: Women in the World Texas

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

Keep Reading

A Formula for Success

A Formula for Success

Lynn McBee, CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, says the seven campuses in the foundation’s system have found much success in their mission to educate young women. The foundation partners with independent school districts to create all-g...

With 4,100 students in seven schools across the state, the Young Women’s Preparatory Network — a beneficiary of Women in the World Texas — is demonstrating the effectiveness of singl...

Keep Reading

Women in the World Texas Sneak Peek

Women in the World Texas Sneak Peek

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani; former U.S. Senator from TexasWho are you looking forward to seeing and meeting at WITW Texas?
Diane von Furstenberg has been an original throughout her life – the wrap dress ...

We posed three questions to three participants in anticipation of Women in the World Texas, which takes place October 22 in San Antonio.

Keep Reading

Photos: Women in the World Texas

Photos: Women in the World Texas

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

Keep Reading

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed. When Taliban rule ended almost 13 years ago, international donors rushed in to promise that young women would no longer be denied an education. Western governments spent a decade pa...

One reason given for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was to educate girls. But as the Western military shrinks there, so does the funding for those schools.

Keep Reading

The Dishonor of Honor Killings

The Dishonor of Honor Killings

On Jan. 1, 2008, teenage sisters Amina and Sarah Said were shot to death by their father in their hometown of Lewisville, Texas. It later came to light that the murders were a premeditated “honor killing,” as retribution for the eldest, Amina, rej...

Every year, about 26 women are killed in the United States by a relative – in the name of family honor. The story of two sisters murdered outside Dallas is now a powerful new documen...

Keep Reading

She Gives the Gift of Language

She Gives the Gift of Language

Maile Molin had her “eureka moment,” as she calls it, while working in Guero’s Taco Bar, a taqueria in South Austin.She was watching her fellow coworkers, many of whom were immigrants, struggle as they balanced two jobs, cared for their families a...

Maile Molin, the 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention honoree at WITW Texas, redefined innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to devise a creative approach to bring English-language educa...

Keep Reading

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed. When Taliban rule ended almost 13 years ago, international donors rushed in to promise that young women would no longer be denied an education. Western governments spent a decade pa...

One reason given for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was to educate girls. But as the Western military shrinks there, so does the funding for those schools.

Keep Reading

Books

Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline

Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline

Tavis Smiley, the PBS talk show host and close friend to Cornel West, often credits West with having a “useable intellect.” Unlike many academics, Smiley contends, West provides analysis and insight that reaches far beyond the academy, possessing ...

Once one of the nation’s best cultural critics, West has ditched his intellectual chops and embraced the role of public personality recycling the same sound bites.

Keep Reading
  • Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent

    Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent

    Reading Richard Brookhiser’s Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln, reminded me of a visit I made 12 or so years ago to the National Mall with friend and fellow historian Michael Kazin. It was a typically hot and humid summer’s evening in the capital, ...

    A new biography of Abraham Lincoln shows that he spent his life asking himself what the Founding Fathers would do and then enlarging his vision accordingly.

    Keep Reading

Stop Calling Me Cormac!

Stop Calling Me Cormac!

The “anxiety of influence” breathes and heaves almost four decades after Harold Bloom birthed that wily method of reading: during composition a work of literature is engaged in an unconscious “agon” with a certain existing work, an agon that forms...

Every author welcomes praise, but what’s a writer to do when readers persist in comparing him to an another author he’s not even that crazy about?

Keep Reading

How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

If you have been following the rolling fiftieth anniversaries of the last two years—the March on Washington and the Kennedy assassination in 1963, Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964—you know that the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 p...

In the mid-’60s polar opposites Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan promised America more than they could possibly deliver. The result was decades of cynicism about government.

Keep Reading

Rich People Want You to Work for Free

Rich People Want You to Work for Free

In recent weeks, the Ritz-Carlton hotel company, the NFL, and the Smithsonian Institution have all made news by asking people to do work for free. Such practices are hardly surprising in themselves—working for nothing seems to be a key building bl...

Remember when people volunteered to help the poor? Nowadays the poor volunteer to help the wealthy.

Keep Reading

Stop Calling Me Cormac!

Stop Calling Me Cormac!

The “anxiety of influence” breathes and heaves almost four decades after Harold Bloom birthed that wily method of reading: during composition a work of literature is engaged in an unconscious “agon” with a certain existing work, an agon that forms...

Every author welcomes praise, but what’s a writer to do when readers persist in comparing him to an another author he’s not even that crazy about?

Keep Reading

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

Keep Reading

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

Ward Cunningham, Jimmy Wales, and the Wonder of WikisWhen he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the ...

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Innovators,’ Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.

Keep Reading

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical WeaponsBy C.J. Chivers, New York Times From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earli...

From abandoned chemical weapons to Afghanistan’s only female warlord, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

Keep Reading

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

Keep Reading