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The Pentagon’s Outsized Part in the Climate Fight
The Pentagon can play an outsized part in the climate fight—but only in part by cutting the amount of energy it uses.
June 27, 2019
‘Some Suburb of Hell’: America’s New Concentration Camp System
A process of normalization, when a bad camp becomes much more dangerous, is not unusual. Today’s border camps are a crueler reflection of long-term policies.
June 21, 2019
‘Gone Like a Meteor’: Epitaph for the Lost Youth of the Biafran War
The Biafran War, otherwise known as the Nigerian Civil War, lasted from July 6, 1967, until January 15, 1970, during which time an entire generation was wrenched from the future. My uncle was part of that generation.
May 30, 2019
How the Greeks Got There
A striking collection of illustrated Renaissance manuscripts manages at once to suggest not just what ancient maps may have looked like, but how ancient geography influenced modern notions of topography and geography.
December 4, 2013
Aalto Survives Geopolitics
Although Alvar Aalto first won worldwide attention in the early 1930s as a leading exponent of the International Style—a reductive form of modern architecture proposed as equally applicable anywhere on the planet—his more expressive, site-specific work from the mid-Thirties onward marked him as a regional designer in the best sense,…
February 26, 2010
Even the Emperor
Hans Holbein’s The Dance of Death, just published in a new edition by Penguin Classics, was intensely engaged with the problem of corruption in politics.
January 20, 2017