by John le Carre
In this excerpt from le Carré's last novel, we learn about Julian - a financial trader-turned bookseller who has his own shop in a small town. A peculiar man, Edward Avon, comes into his shop claiming to know his father and offering to start a joint venture with Julian, named the Republic of Literature.
393 days ago
by Rachel Riederer
Riederer investigates the international tensions that come along with space exploration and limited resources. Militarization is frowned upon, but also seemingly inevitable in an area unclaimed by any yet shared by all. Better still, the rules that regulate space are outdated treaties that have a near infinite number of interpretations.
394 days ago
by Will Bardenwerper
Bardenwerper packs his bags and brings his family down to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina to report on the closure of baseball's Appalachian League. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was largely overlooked when replaced by a new league of top college athletes, but Bardenwerper warns that it's a serious departure in the tradition and community of America's great pastime.
419 days ago
by Lisa Wells
Wells writes about a young company, Recompose, that makes its business in composting dead human bodies. The idea is unconventional, but clearly necessarily in an age of growing ecological concerns. It can provide either meaning or simply utility for those who think about what should be done with their corpse upon death.
429 days ago
by Garret Keizer
Keizer contemplates the rise of "stupidity" in modern society. If we truly believe in a democratic system, it's something that we can't ignore. From anti-vaxxers, flat-eathers, QAnon supporters, stupidity seems to be an unfixable problem, but a crucial one for the state of our world.
430 days ago
by Andrew Quilty
Before the removal of all American troops from Afghanistan, Quilty traveled to Wardak, a rural town in the country, to interview a family that had undergone an infamous "night raid." Multiple family members were killed and their house was left in ruins, even though they appeared to simply be civilians.
453 days ago
by Joseph Bernstein
Bernstein posits a crucial theory on "disinformation": could it be a centrist reaction to the polarization of politics and an attempt to hold on to the power that is slipping away? He writes, "'Misinformation' and 'disinformation' are used casually and interchangeably to refer to an enormous range of content, ranging from well-worn scams to viral news aggregation; from foreign-intelligence operations to trolling; from opposition research to harassment. In their crudest use, the terms are simply jargon for 'things I disagree with.'"
463 days ago
by Rebecca Panovka
Many quote Hannah Arendt whenever there is even a hint of abuse of governmental power and authority. And as many cited Trumo's presidency as the inevitable end of democracy, Panovka wants to set straight what Arendt actually defined as totalitarianism, and how the Trump administration relates to this larger concept.
498 days ago
by Andreu Cockburn
Joe Manchin, a little knows Senator from West Virginia, has been trust into the nacional spotlight in recent months. He is a conservative membre of the Democratic Party that often votes against the party and it's policies in a Senate that is solitari right down the middle. Cockburn questions if he is the types of figure that the party needs going forwards.
499 days ago
by Matt Karp
Karp looks at the growing social and racial justice discourse running through major publications and administrations today. He questions their tendencies towards "historicism," specifically looking at the 1619 Project by the New York Times and the 1776 Commission in the dying embers of the Trump Administration.
504 days ago