Archives: Culture

May 17

One of us, one of them

Alex Castellanos: Team Obama has turned the candidate of hope and change into a ferociously political animal. They’ve discarded their most valuable asset, his stature. […]

May 14


Most Americans believe that Obama’s declaration of support for same-sex marriage rights was politically motivated: Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times […]

May 09

Obama endorses same-sex marriage

New York Times: President Obama on Wednesday ended nearly two years of “evolving” on the issue of same-sex marriage by publicly endorsing it in a […]

May 07

Buzz Bissinger: Why College Football Should Be Banned

Buzz Bissinger: I actually like football a great deal. I am not some anti-sports prude. It has a place in our society, but not on […]

May 04

Those bad words

Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker: It’s astonishing, for instance, that the movie system is so hooked still on counting swear words. The peculiar result is […]

May 04

Stephen King on taxing the rich

Some very angry rhetoric from Stephen King: Those who have received much must be obligated to pay – not to give, not to “cut a […]

May 02

Pride goeth before…

President Barack Obama, announcing the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011: I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing […]

May 01

The worst drug addiction of our age

David Brin, interviewed on io9: Our problems may be dire, but they are within reach of being solved by creative men and women of goodwill, […]

Aug 21

The elusive big idea

Neal Gabler laments: If our ideas seem smaller nowadays, it’s not because we are dumber than our forebears but because we just don’t care as […]

Jul 07

Diner en Blanc

The New York Times: Three weeks ago, in the golden light of an early-summer evening, thousands of Parisians dressed entirely in white converged on two […]

Jun 21

Free, expression

Noam Chomsky: If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. Also: The smart way […]

Jun 10

“The internet is my religion.”

Activist and cancer survivor Jim Gilliam speaks about the power of connected humanity at Personal Democracy Forum 2011.

Jun 10

The Bored-in-Line Network

Michael Sippey: Jonah Peretti once told Gothamist that “the Internet is powered by bored office workers who sit at their desks forwarding emails, surfing the […]

Jun 09

The brand that other brands want to be

The Paris Review: Coke’s status is not merely economic or pop cultural or emotional or psychological. Coca-Cola transcends those categories to compete in the broader […]

Jun 03

Digital smoke signals

James Shelley: Broadcasting is not somehow “morally inferior” to peer-to-peer content delivery. In fact, as a mode of telecommunication, broadcasting has done amazing things for […]

Jun 02

You vote what you eat

Fascinating infographic comparing the eating habits of self-described conservatives and liberals. Interpret as thou wilt.

May 31

The bilingual advantage

Why using two languages on a regular basis may improve focus, multitasking ability, and help stave off Alzheimer’s.

May 23

Consumption that drives innovation

James Surowecki argues that innovative start-ups like Dropbox thrive in the U.S. because American consumers are unusually willing to take chances on new, interesting, but […]

May 23

On Tumblr, comments, and not being a jerk

Ben Pieratt, on the benefits of Tumblr’s lack of a native comment system: Tumblr feels very safe, very supportive. The lack of native comments yields […]

May 23

Unwritten rules of membership

Chris Guillebeau, on why he doesn’t consider himself a minimalist, a lifestyle designer, or location independent: Labels are used to put people in ideological boxes […]

May 10

10 myths about introverts

A great list. Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone. Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They […]

May 09

Why where you live and work matters

From Richard Florida’s Who’s Your City: It’s a mantra of the age of globalization that where we live doesn’t matter. We can work as efficiently […]

May 07

Missing everything

Linda Holmes, for NPR: It’s sad, but it’s also … great, really. Imagine if you’d seen everything good, or if you knew about everything good. […]

May 04

On vengeance and the death of Bin Laden

In response to Bin Laden’s death, many people have been reminding us that death is not something to be celebrated and chastising us for taking […]

May 03

Tweeted out of context

Jonathan Fields, on Twitter, transparency, and the problem of context: In an odd way, it seems channels known as the protectors of transparency, authenticity and […]

May 03

Curiosity vs. fundamentalism

Seth Godin: A fundamentalist is a person who considers whether a fact is acceptable to their faith before they explore it. That’s opposed to a […]

Apr 30

Describing yourself

I took the Twitter profile descriptions of a bunch of people I follow and plugged them into Wordle, a free service that lets you create […]

Feb 14

Down with the hype

Publishing veteran Shawn Coyne on the decline of “literary” fiction: The audience for “literary” books has shrunk considerably over the twenty years I’ve been in […]