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Freedom at the End of a Gospel Song

Freedom at the End of a Gospel Song

ON A SUNDAY in April 1965, the Staple Singers — Roebuck “Pops” Staples and three of his children: Mavis, Cleotha, and Pervis — performed for a large congregation at New Nazareth Church on Chic...

A Western Family’s China Saga

A Western Family’s China Saga

WHILE WE ALL like to think we come from interesting families, journalist Audrey Ronning Topping can say this of herself with some certainty, and she has now turned her kin’s experiences into a truly...

Here’s Johnny

Here’s Johnny

JOHNNY CARSON WAS GETTING bombed on Tanqueray and spilling his guts to his new young lawyer,Henry Bushkin. They were hanging out at a restaurant called Jilly’s, in New York, having only recently re...

Talking about Collaborators

Talking about Collaborators

NO ONE LIKES to talk about collaborators. Collaborators are about as loved by their handlers as they are by the communities they betray, even if sustained military occupations are unthinkable without ...

Answers on a Postcard: Mobile Citizenship

Answers on a Postcard: Mobile Citizenship

1. I-land THIS IS AN ISLAND STORY — but perhaps all stories are island stories, taking place on a territory with borders, aware that somewhere other people are doing things differently. According ...

On Rogues and Social Science

On Rogues and Social Science

SUDHIR VENKATESH went from being a scholarly celebrity to a public intellectual with Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets (Penguin, 2008), his narrative of his experiences s...

Claire Luchette Interviews Cliff Chase

Claire Luchette Interviews Cliff Chase

 CLIFF CHASE'S MEMOIR The Tooth Fairy reads like a very honest, very poignant Twitter feed. A collection of single-sentence present-tense moments and observations in the writer’s life, the memoir d...

Water World

Water World

THIS YEAR marks the centenary of two projects that, at first glance, would seem to have nothing to do with each other. As Laura Bliss has reported in these pages, last November the Los Angeles Depart...