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The Last Winter

The Last Winter

You know, that thing with the little holes?

We hadn’t spent time together in a while. I was already away at college and no longer had much contact with him, and suddenly I realized that I didn’t know him very well—or was that just a feeling I had now, fifty years later, as his image gradually fades from my mind and I could no longer tell you if he was right- or left-handed.

Back to the Future in Post-Boris Britain

Back to the Future in Post-Boris Britain

It’s become hard to imagine a political landscape not structured around Boris Johnson

When Johnson won big in 2019, pundits hailed the dawn of a new political era. But his party had already been in power for nine long years—and parties that stay in power that long tend, in Britain, to exhaust public support and run low on new ideas and political talent. Johnson wallpapered over that reality for a time, and now it is reasserting itself, with a vengeance.

The Burglaries Were Never the Story

The Burglaries Were Never the Story

Punctuated by Watergate, the Nixon Administration has been evacuated of its historical import

The historical insights of one era have been lost to the journalistic instincts of another. Whereas we understand how a growing country in the late 19th century could be brought together by open collusion of business interests, we give little attention today to how changing commercial opportunities during the Vietnam War might have torn apart the political accommodations that followed World War II. Watergate’s place in this history today is but a hairline fracture to the New Deal Order; a symbol rather than a decisive moment.

A Book Explodes

A Book Explodes

I got carried away by the world-building

I did not drastically alter the structure of the book when editing the manuscript after the larp. The story still seemed like a world-machine that I could not intervene in so much as decide how to portray. And the most crucial event that occurred in the book occurred in the larp, too.

The Conference

The Conference

She seemed to have thought about something that he hadn’t thought about much

He felt like somehow Livy had taken him in hand. They ran into others, an American who was spending the year at Wolfson in a small group of Oxford people, and Livy knew everybody and didn’t mind repeating herself. She said, “Why is everyone obsessed with Dennis Galway?” And also, “I’m obsessed with Dennis Galway.”

Stephen Curry and the Spirit of History

Stephen Curry and the Spirit of History

Most gratifying is how he did it

Rather than height or leaping ability, Curry creates spatial advantages by simply shooting from farther away than ever before. To prevent taller defenders from closing the distance, he speeds up his shot and increases the arc without losing efficiency, simulating the play of someone much bigger and bouncier than himself. He has collected an arsenal of different shooting forms: going left or right, backward or forward, shooting over or underneath defenders, off one leg or two, spotting up or off the dribble. It only works because of the dexterity and control of his fingertips, providing airtight ball handling abilities and freakish accuracy.

Three Stories

Three Stories

These rooms have been touched by the vanguard modern

Our safety, we were told, was the primary concern and we were told to be careful going up and down the stairs and that we should regard ourselves as if we personally lived here.

Everything is aristocratic and stylish and I could barely recall our hasty morning departure from Little Neck—from bitterness, political stresses, and from our immoral conduct. That was all blurred and misshapen.

Housing Crisis Asserted

Housing Crisis Asserted

The architects weigh in

As Kimmelman’s employer keeps reminding us with googly-eyed headlines, rent is soaring. The city’s pandemic-era eviction moratorium has been lifted. Our new mayor is a cop who seems to disdain unhoused people. And the architects of the largest residential transformation in the city today—the supposedly radical campaign to close Rikers Island—insist that incarcerated New Yorkers should be in a better jail, not in apartments.