How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?
The secret history of invisible ink.
How turning the Murder of Kitty Genovese into a parable erased its particulars.
Robert Neer’s Napalm: An American Biography; Juliette Volcler’s Extremely Loud: Sound as a Weapon
One anthropologist’s place in his field’s ongoing battle over questions of power, means and ends.
How thrillers inform spycraft, and the fictions that belie them both.
W.G. Sebald’s Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems, 1964–2001; Saturn's Moons; Grant Gee’s Patience (After Sebald).
Institutionalized torture says not look what we can do, but look what we disown, what only the bad apples among us require.
Gitmo in the present millennium is no departure at all from the American tradition in Guantánamo Bay.
In the stories of Deborah Eisenberg, life keeps piling up, unsolved and unsolvable.