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The Conflict of Our Consumption: Q&A with Tom Haines

INFO originally published in The Smart Set October 5, 2019 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT When I met Tom Haines for coffee on a chilly January afternoon, he had snagged an ideal spot near the cafe’s small fireplace. The journalism professor at the University of New

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Gamifying the Ocean

INFO originally published in Boston Review November 21, 2017 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT It was during a family trip to Greece that Boyan Slat first encountered the problem of plastic marine pollution. While scuba diving off the Mediterranean coast, the sixteen-year-old Dutch inventor was

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The Millennials Issue: Myths and Truths About Our Generation

INFO originally published in The Boston Globe Magazine May 28, 2017 LIVE PAGE PDF of print edition available here FULL TEXT TRUTH #4: WE FEEL CONFLICTED ABOUT FREE SPEECH Many of us millennials think speech shouldn’t flow so freely. A Pew study finds we are significantly more likely than Gen Xers and boomers to support limits

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The Mother of Czech Prose: A Review of ‘The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová’ by Kelcey Parker Ervick

INFO originally published in Redivider February 16, 2017 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Once upon a time, there was a Czech writer of fairy tales named Božena Němcová who left her home in the fairy tale city of Prague to rediscover new stories from the

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The Brain Benefits of Having Buddies

INFO originally published in The Boston Globe Magazine March 12, 2017 LIVE PAGE PDF of print edition available here FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT When I moved to Boston for graduate school, it took less than five minutes into the first orientation-day event for someone to crack

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Can Post-Apocalyptic Art Be a Force for Social Change?

INFO originally published in Pacific Standard December 16, 2016 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Over the past four years, Austrian filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter has visited over 100 abandoned places around the world for a project about humanity that doesn’t feature a single human being. The

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Burj Khalifa: Alone at the Top of the World

INFO originally published in Catapult August 16, 2016 LIVE PAGE additional coverage in Longreads (including online archive) FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT From the 106th floor of the Burj Khalifa Tower, we can see the world sinking. Not the entire world, but at least the $14 billion real estate project

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Caddying Your Way To The Top

INFO originally published in The Billfold August 10, 2016 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT Ever since a young errand boy named Andrew Dickson first carried golf clubs for the Scottish Duke of York in 1682, caddy programs have lent an air of democracy to a place defined

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Society is Rigged: A review of ‘How to Set a Fire and Why’ by Jesse Ball

INFO originally published in the Los Angeles Review of Books July 2016 LIVE PAGE FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT The book jacket design of Jesse Ball’s new novel, How to Set a Fire and Why, mimics an oversized matchbox and doubles as a kind of advertisement for arson.

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Beyond Digital vs. Print: On How We Consume Media

INFO originally published in The Millions June 23, 2016 LIVE PAGE additional coverage in Catapult and Publishers Weekly  FULL SCREENSHOT open in new tab + click once to zoom FULL TEXT A few weeks ago, during an eerily slow Tuesday afternoon, I skipped out of work to visit the Strand, one of the few remaining

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