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It’s a Dry Heat (and Getting Hotter)

by Osha Gray Davidson | Feb 1, 2012 | Books, Culture

…as William deBuys demonstrates in his wonderful new book, A Great Aridness. DeBuys, an accomplished New Mexico writer and conservationist, understands that a lack of water is what gives this iconic landscape its impossibly blue skies and unique wildlife. But life in these arid lands is a precarious affair. Death or even extinction is never more […]

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After the Fall

by Geoff Rips | Dec 15, 2011 | Books, Economy

As Lawrence Lessig explains in Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It (TWELVE, 383 pp., $26.99), the disastrous nibble for American democracy was the change in the relationship between money and power. It may not have been a fall from Eden, but it was a headlong descent from the […]

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Sophisticated Kitsch and Mac Attacks

by Gene Seymour | Dec 1, 2011 | Books, Culture

Dwight Macdonald (1906–82) represented the first best example of a critic who could do productive, even transformative, things going in one direction while everyone else went another. Skeptical spectators and aspiring smart alecks drew encouragement not only from Macdonald’s conscientious objections, but from their method. He could twist the dial from “sarcastic” to “sardonic” with a compound […]

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At the Onset of Winter, Questions for a Bullish Movement

by Todd Gitlin | Dec 1, 2011 | Culture, Economy

It’s been ten weeks since, on September 17, a few hundred pioneers plunked themselves down in Zuccotti Park (more a patch of sunless concrete than a park, actually), renaming it Liberty Square and turning it into a sort of communal homestead and visible sore spot, reminding those who needed reminding that the wildness of markets […]

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If You Build It They Will Come | Making the Middle East Pay

by WS Editors | Oct 15, 2010 | Foreign Policy, Media

Building a State “The state of Palestine has to be built. And if we Palestinians do not do it, who is going to do it for us?” Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad — September 23, 2010 After Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad concluded his talk at the New America Foundation‘s Washington offices, a […]

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