“1984” at Seventy
Why we still read Orwell’s book of prophecy.
The New Yorker
June 8, 2019
How Superstition and the Opera Gave Birth to Mascots
The dark origins of the first mascots.
December 11, 2017
A Homecoming for Murray Kempton
Looking at the reporter’s life through five houses in Baltimore.
December 13, 2017
No Laughing Matter
The evolution of the iconic smiley face and some of its not so happy connotations.
May 7, 2005
How Alexander Calder Became America's Most Beloved Sculptor
In an exclusive excerpt from his new book, 'Calder: The Conquest of Time,' Jed Perl reveals a hidden side of the artist.
October 1, 2017
Wild Thing: A New Biography of Thoreau
Freeing Thoreau from layers of caricature that have long distorted his legacy.
Los Angeles Review of Books
July 16, 2017
Richard Avedon and James Baldwin’s Joint Examination of American Identity
Their 1964 collaboration, "Nothing Personal," brought together aspects of American life and culture through photographs and text.
The New Yorker
November 6, 2017
When Pat Buchanan Brought Johnny Cash to the Nixon White House
It didn't go exactly as planned. But for TAC's founder, this is where his populist antiwar movement may have begun.
The American Conservative
May 24, 2019
The Real Refugees of Casablanca
When it came to gathering refugees, the waiting room of the US consulate was probably the closest thing to Rick’s Café Américain.
November 23, 2017
The Man Who Told America the Truth About D-Day
Ernie Pyle's World War II dispatches offered comfort to readers back home. Then D-Day changed his perspective on the war’s costs.
New York Times Magazine
June 5, 2019
Rihanna Reveals the Story Behind her Latest Collection’s Imagery
How the 1960s Black Is Beautiful movement inspired her latest Fenty fashion collection.
May 29, 2019
The Central Park Five: ‘We Were Just Baby Boys’
The men, whose story will be brought to life in Netflix’s “When They See Us,” discuss the mini-series with their onscreen counterparts.
New York Times
May 30, 2019