“I like Bernie,” he says. “Trump’s just in it for laughs. I don’t think I’m going to vote.”
July 29, 2016
One of the things the Clinton Democrats lorded over the Sanders supporters was their superior and more committed chauvinism.
There were photos of children, and videos of parents speaking to children, and videos of children watching Trump, and videos of children speaking to Hillary: so many children that it began to resemble a 34-year-old’s Facebook feed.
July 27, 2016
Day Two of the Democratic National Convention
Suddenly Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential candidate, arrived at the tent, whether informed of or anticipating the walkout it was hard to say. She told the crowd that they weren’t walking out, they were walking in (to the Green Party!). This excited some delegates—who chanted “Jill, not Hill!”—and alienated many others, who did not appreciate her co-optation of this captive audience. Once it became clear that many of the delegates wanted to leave—either to return to the arena to see the Mothers of the Movement, or to join comrades in the adjoining Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, a meeting ground for protesters—a golf cart drove up out of nowhere, Stein stepped in, and the candidate was whisked away.
July 26, 2016
The whole scene felt a little unhinged, exacerbated by the heat.
The booing and chanting was undirected, merely vocal resistance. But it could have been much more: the mere threat of disorder on the Convention floor had been enough to dislodge Schultz from her position; what other constructive work could it have done?
June 6, 2016
Are we witnessing the return of neurotic LeBron?
Possessed of one of the most expressive, revealing faces in the history of sports, LeBron James exudes a distinct sense of tragedy.
April 14, 2016
Late Kobe, like late Hemingway, was a throwback to himself.
Not a single player who is statistically “better” than Kobe has been as glorious to watch. He was a sociopath, and his deep-seated contempt drove him to become one of the most beautiful athletes. The comparison with Duncan, an incomparably nicer man and better teammate, is instructive. Though Duncan may end up being accounted the greater player, I am with those who find his post-up, bank-shot style a chore to watch. Very few, even the haters, have felt this way about Kobe in his prime.
Buildings are, after all, judged not just by how they look but by how they are used.
July 4, 2015
Would it not be easier / in that case / for the government to dissolve the people / and elect another?
April 29, 2015
Occasionally news crews would insinuate themselves into the crowds and pretend to understand what was happening. “I’m hearing lots of cries for freedom and justice here, not rioting” one newscaster said, authoritatively, while someone next to him continually interrupted: “This is about racism, not rioting. Say the word. This is about state-sponsored murder! Say it!”
March 9, 2015
I want to say that this issue of our magazine feels to me like a real event—one of our deepest efforts to be equal to our time.
Unionization had been rare in the industry because it cultivated “an aura of gentility which leads to self-deception.”
What is the way of life implied by our contemporary standing revolution?
Spend time among the Chinese intelligentsia today and you’ll hear many frank expressions of nostalgia for the 1980s. “Our Eighties are like your Sixties,” someone inevitably will say—in other words, the moment when the possibility of tremendous political transformation flared up only to be extinguished, sending shocks of longing through the dark years that followed.
November 17, 2011
Everything we make for our wants and want to make is labor.
October 5, 2011
When the decision was made, with a forest of stiff arms and high hands, to occupy City Hall, the hands began to twinkle.
July 11, 2011
Veterans are not the only ones suffering flashbacks. In a way, it is a national condition.
The crack-up of the country’s wealthiest, most populous state has been long in the making.
August 9, 2010
Tony Judt began as an intellectual historian; he will be remembered by many as a bracing critic of Zionism, a vigorous proponent of European-style social democracy, and–tragically–a victim of ALS. I have heard many describe as “moving” his snatches of memoir, published over the last year of his life. This is true–but what may have been even more moving was the extent to which he devoted his last days to making the case for the welfare state.
May 11, 2010
Not every game is art. Not even most games are art.
March 3, 2010
Solnit viewed Muybridge’s output in terms of an almost classical base-superstructure relationship.
December 2, 2009
When the coup came, the only surprise was that the US did not have a direct hand in supporting it.
August 28, 2009
The photographs of a beautiful, flooded New Orleans brought back memories of chronically waterlogged Venice.
Surely no other magazine has begun with so little excitement.
May 31, 2009
History happens to the composers of the book’s first half; by the second half, it seems to have left them.
May 31, 2009
All of these books make the Weather Underground… into a crucial component of our national unconscious.