Month: July 2016

  • Secrets v. mysteries

    Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism: In 1979, the security expert Susan Landau drew a distinction between secrets and mysteries. Surveying the way that the Iranian Revolution had taken the United States completely by surprise, she noted that the intelligence community was focused on secrets–trying to understand the things the shah’s government was hiding–rather than […]

  • Raining poetry

    Aria Bendix at CityLab writes on Boston’s new poetry initiative. It’s ingenious. Poetry is applied to sidewalks around the city with a biodegradable, water-activated spray paint. When it rains, the sidewalks share their poems: Thanks to a partnership between Boston’s City Hall and Mass Poetry, a nonprofit that supports the Massachusetts poetry community, the city’s showers are being…

  • Trump’s finger trap

    David Frum synthesizes perspectives from Trump country, with this cherry on top: “You tell us we’re a minority now? OK. We’re going to start acting like a minority. We’re going to vote like a bloc, and we’re going to vote for our bloc’s champion. So long as he keeps faith with us against you, we’ll…

  • Love, secularism, and tolerance

    Veronica writes on the DNC in Philadelphia this week: The Democratic Convention seemed to turn into a big love-fest last night. I know I’m not the only one who felt like I was being lectured to by a revivalist preacher during Cory Booker’s speech, because it’s all over social media—along with his big-hearted “I love you”…

  • DNC in Philadelphia

    The Democratic National Convention is happening in Philadelphia this week, specifically South Philadelphia. In Center City, scattered events and protests have been happening from time to time. I ran down to the Well Fargo Center and stadiums last night and as far down as Oregon Avenue tonight. It was a nice, traffic-free way to get a feel…