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February 13, 2017

Flying Blind: Truth, Journalism, and the Digital Age 0


Without that truth-seeking ecosystem of healthy small- and mid-size daily newspapers to explain national news in terms local readers can understand, Americans are left stewing in separate echo chambers, one urban, educated, and liberal, the other working-class, rural, and spoiling for a fight.

August 7, 2013

Breaking the Mold: Can Jeff Bezos Save the Washington Post? 0


Whatever you may think of Jeff Bezos and other tech innovators who broke the pre-Internet business model, the fact is the old model is broken – and who better to fix it than the man who helped break it in the first place?

March 6, 2013

Proving a Villain: The Search for Richard III 9


The modern world swooned last month when the bones found under a parking lot in Leicester, England were confirmed to be those of Richard III. Richard’s apologists hope that his newfound celebrity will encourage us all to submit our old Shakespearean prejudices to a round of honest fact-checking.

March 27, 2012

The Camaraderie of the Underrated: JC Gabel Relaunches The Chicagoan 5


Chicago! We’ve got this great chef, and an amazing architect, and these cool music guys, and really good coffee!

January 25, 2012

Copyrights Wake: SOPA, James Joyce, and the Future of Intellectual Property 4


We are going to need a completely new online framework for supporting creators, and to get there, we might have to move beyond a tired notion of “copyright” and towards “author’s rights.”

January 9, 2012

Orhan Pamuk’s Unlikely New Role  0


Turkish media’s attempts to trivialize dissidents by focusing on their private lives has a touch of the News of the World scandal about it.

December 28, 2011

Race and American Poetry: Dove v. Vendler 34


Vendler asks us to think of value in terms of a hypothetical and permanent future, one that will have unvarying and therefore conclusive notions of what was good and bad in our writing. It’s an exasperating argument, since it asks us to defer to the critic’s mystical conjuring of our far off progeny, a population that will, of course, have the same values as the critic herself.

November 11, 2011

The Disappointment Author: Lethem v. Wood 103


The critical takedown is well-known cultural corrective with a long and glorious history. The fellow critic providing cultural corrective to someone who has gotten too big for his or her britches — it’s practically a public service, if you do it right.

August 11, 2011

Dispatch from Turkey: Plagiarism Charges Levied at Award-Winning Author 18


Award-winning polyglot Turkish author Elif Şafak has been accused of plagiarism by a translator in Turkey, where her newest novel Iskender was released on August 1.

July 8, 2011

The Art and Science of Collaboration 8


When someone reads your rough draft, it’s like letting them see you half-dressed.  It’s about arriving at a level of intellectual comfort – or having faith in the process.  In a successful collaboration, both people feel like they did less than half the work.