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On 5 January 2011, at 8.30 p.m., I was messing about at home when the phone buzzed on the sofa. It was a text from Jamie Byng, the publisher of Canongate. ‘Are you about?’ it said. ‘I have a somewhat…
LENGTH: 100 minutes (25067 words)

The Republican Party’s Poor, Decimated Bench

There’s a passage in the introduction to The Loudest Voice in the Room where author Gabriel Sherman is establishing the political power that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes wields (nakedly and…
LENGTH: 2 minutes (734 words)

A Botched Operation

In May of 1990, several hundred physicians gathered in a conference hall at an Atlanta hotel, as uniformed guards stood at the door. Colleagues traded tips about installing bulletproof glass in their…
AUTHOR:Eyal Press
PUBLISHED: Feb. 3, 2014
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1056 words)

Marijuana: The High and the Low by Jerome Groopman

by Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian New Press, 264 pp., $17.95 (paper) Jeff Chiu/AP Images Medical marijuana patient Kevin Brown at the Apothecarium,
PUBLISHED: Feb. 20, 2014
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2372 words)

Gary Shteyngart: Portrait of the artist as a young mensch

In 1981 triumph is at hand. An official letter arrives in our mail-box. MR S SHITGART, YOU HAVE ALREADY WON $10,000,000.00!!! Sure, our last name is misspelled rather cruelly, but cardstock this…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 7, 2014
LENGTH: 19 minutes (4899 words)

Cheap Words

Amazon is a global superstore, like Walmart. It’s also a hardware manufacturer, like Apple, and a utility, like Con Edison, and a video distributor, like Netflix, and a book publisher, like Random…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 17, 2014
LENGTH: 3 minutes (881 words)

The Decay of American Political Institutions

any political institutions in the United States are decaying. This is not the same thing as the broader phenomenon of societal or civilization decline, which has become a highly politicized topic in…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 8, 2013
LENGTH: 31 minutes (7966 words)

Think Again: Nelson Mandela

"Mandela's Legacy Is Unblemished." False. For most of the world, Nelson Mandela is a hero of the struggle against apartheid and for nonracial democracy. The election of Mandela, the father of…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 6, 2013
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3175 words)

Public Books — Storybook Plutocracy

George Packer’s The Unwinding is a minor masterpiece of the social-disintegration genre—a beautifully written, clinically observed story of the slow-rolling economic transformation that…
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2755 words)