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3 April 2010
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seeing and believing

Alana Newhouse’s article about photographer Roman Vishniac, his photographs, the stories he told with and about those photographs, and the evidence that challenges those stories, is really kind of fantastic. Never heard of Vishniac? (I hadn’t.) Not sure you’re interested? … Continue reading

26 January 2010
by andrew
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I see via Henry at Crooked Timber that Nicholar Carr is coming out with a book expanding on his essay “Is Google Making Us Stupid?“, which appeared in the Atlantic in 2008. Or so I’ve heard. I read the essay … Continue reading

18 August 2009
by andrew
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putting the president on the line

I just finished watching Cronkite Remembers, a sort of video memoir Walter Cronkite did back in the late 90s as an eight-part television series. It’s definitely worth checking out, particularly if you’re like me and were too young to remember … Continue reading

20 May 2009
by andrew


May 2005 Interview with Jared Diamond published in World History Connected: DIAMOND: Partly. I have lots of discussions with people in the social sciences, especially economists. And there are some groups of historians—environmental historians, economic historians, yes, and world historians … Continue reading

6 April 2009
by andrew

Emerson comments on the newspaper

(From “The Times” in English Traits) On influence: The most conspicuous result of this talent is the “Times” newspaper. No power in England is more felt, and more feared, or more obeyed. What you read in the morning in that … Continue reading

17 March 2009
by andrew
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sporting news

Over in the comments to Tim Burke’s recent post about newspapers and civil society, I was reminded of something I’ve something I wonder about every time I read about the decline of newspapers and the problem of getting people to … Continue reading

19 February 2009
by andrew
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big sky, country

Who would have thought that in a democracy based on geographic representation, elected officials would have the effrontery to announce that their policies would help their constituents? But it’s happening. Despite all the talk about not having earmarks in the … Continue reading

1 February 2009
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how amusing

The new administration and new Congress are bringing change to the federal government and that change has to be covered. But how deeply? Institutions are important, but except to those who love this sort of stuff, reading writing about institutions … Continue reading

22 December 2008
by andrew


Word rationing has reached the newspapers. This article Banking Regulator Played Advocate Over Enforcer Agency Let Lenders Grow Out of Control, Then Fail By Binyamin Appelbaum and Ellen Nakashima Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, November 23, 2008; A01 contains the … Continue reading

15 December 2008
by andrew


Those who have spent time reading 1940s and 50s (and maybe other decades’) newspapers will immediately recognize the reference here, from a recent Daniel Gross piece in Slate: Today’s Southern solons have watched their local economies blossom thanks to a … Continue reading