Critics’ despair is premature; Francis wouldn’t be the first leader who temporized before doing something that had to be done.
Is he is ‘traitor’ who betrayed his country, or a ‘whistle-blower’ who sparked an important conversation about the limits of surveillance?
The rationale behind Elliot Rodger’s alleged killing spree amplify the toxic ideals of masculinity that pervade our society.
Getting to the misogyny at the core of their rage.
Much to my surprise, video games actually brought out my son’s softer side.
“Everyone is fungible”: It’s not the most uplifting message for college grads — but it’s the truth.
Does the buck never stop at Pinch’s desk?
Public denunciations and broadcast apologies don’t constitute the kind of the authentic “dialogue about race” we should aspire to.
Sentencing a terrorist to death plays right into his hands and only serves to encourage those who would follow in his lethal footsteps.
Monica Lewinsky has penned a new piece in Vanity Fair about her relationship with President Clinton. This has Steve Almond thinking about the use and abuse of the former White House intern — and what it says about us.
Most of the time, even for the NAACP, money trumps racism.
Is “breaking news” broken?
Reviling an individual does not address the larger, systemic problems we face.
Following the deaths of three children, the embattled head of Massachusetts’ child welfare agency resigned this week under mounting pressure. But Eileen McNamara says this simplistic move isn’t the solution.
No, it’s just that some writers seem to enjoy citing junky social science to keep women in their place.
Social critic Wendy Kaminer says, for better or worse, it’s no longer an athletic event — it’s an icon.
Sometimes we’re called upon to grapple with feelings of forgiveness and empathy alongside feelings of anger and defiance.
As the industry struggles to stay afloat, more and more newspapers are charging readers for online content. But instead of being straightforward, some papers refuse to call a spade a spade.
The media shouldn’t be reporting allegations that Edward Snowden is a Russian spy just because some congressman says so.
Is the Ice Bucket Challenge about raising awareness and money for a disease that has no cure, or is it just about showing off?
After half a century, those who lived through the assassination of John F. Kennedy can still feel the icy shadow of that dark and monumental grief.
The Malaysia Airlines investigation has renewed questions about airline safety and security. But David Ropeik says the real danger is our own anxiety.
Formula One racing icon Michael Schumacher is fighting for his life following a horrific fall while skiing off-piste. Peter May says it’s a tragedy that’s all the more profound because it was preventable.
The Kentucky senator is caught lifting speech material verbatim. But that’s not what bothers Steve Almond.
The New York Times has chosen the occasion of its website redesign to introduce its first batch of native ads.
My father, William Manchester, wrote one of the definitive accounts of John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It was an agonizing process, after which he’d never be the same.
Examining the decision to live-tweet the passing of a loved one.
On the legacy and promise of the verification and amplification of news.
During the manhunt for the Marathon bombing suspects, people in and around Boston were told to “shelter in place.” Leah Hager Cohen recalls the strangeness of it all.
In the wake of random sexual attacks, women get all kinds of advice about how to stay safe. But in reality, only a small portion of assaults are perpetrated by strangers.
In the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, reporters wantonly threw out their rule book.
Having trouble deciphering the social network’s latest policy changes and what they mean for you? It’s less complicated than it seems — but if you “like” privacy, it’s not good news.
Reddit’s Boston Marathon bombing investigation, even with its mistakes, raised an important truth: The police need the public’s help.
By changing policies or getting rid of comments altogether, we risk missing questions of far greater importance.
A debate now raging in literary circles centers on the pros and cons of giving negative reviews — as if there is suddenly a moral dimension to pointing out plot holes and bad writing.
When it comes to reporting on criminal justice cases, retired Judge Nancy Gertner says the media is guilty of producing sloppy, formulaic coverage.
Everybody loves the Olympics – so why don’t we get the exciting, imaginative television coverage these Games deserve?
Another young journalist whose byline will be forever linked to fabrication and plagiarism. From the pantheon of literary pop stars to the dungeon of fallen stars, Tom Fiedler looks at Jonah Lehrer’s lies.
Alice Hoffman on why the development of “fictional” characters often tells us more about the writer — than the character.
TV is the new cinema — such is the prevailing sentiment of the time. But this casual acceptance of television’s coup-d’état as fact demands a little counter-programming.
E.L. James’ runaway bestseller fails as a novel and as porn. But Tom Perrotta says in a funny way, this dual failure is probably also one of the secrets of the book’s outlandish success.
Big News: Leah Hager Cohen‘s Cog essay, “The Courage To Say ‘I Don’t Know,’” has been expanded into a book! Described by publisher, Riverhead, as “a short, concise book in favor of honoring doubt,” Kirkus calls it “refreshingly wise and open-minded.” Get your copy here. Congrats, LHC. We are very proud.
I admire the writer’s honesty and the way the piece leaves the questions there to think about, rather than posing answers.