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A Child of Two Empires in an Age of Nuclear War

A Child of Two Empires in an Age of Nuclear War

All photographs courtesy of the Terasaki Miller family. All rights reserved.    I AM A CHILD OF TWO EMPIRES, the Japanese and the American. My mother was born among the famed rolling hills...

Why Your Rent Is So High and Your Pay Is So Low

Why Your Rent Is So High and Your Pay Is So Low

IN THE 1950s, the average New York City apartment rented for $60 a month — around $530 in today’s money. With the US median wage at $5,000 a year, New Yorkers spent 1/10 of their salaries on rent....

Decline and Fall

Decline and Fall

IMAGINE the following scene: It’s fourth of July afternoon. Someone is having a backyard barbecue on the anniversary — the 239th — of this country’s declaration of independence from a foreig...

The Endocannabinoid Comes of Age

The Endocannabinoid Comes of Age

PICK UP THE BOOK Weed the People: The Future of Legal Marijuana in America if you’re looking for a male beach book. Happy pot smokers will enjoy this counterculture celebratory hug, a Rolling Stone...

The Economics of Mad Max and Star Trek

The Economics of Mad Max and Star Trek

WE HAVE TWO OPPOSING VISIONS of the future. In one, technology has advanced so far it seems almost magic. We blithely teleport ourselves around the planet and explore distant galaxies. We manufacture ...

Violent Boycotts and the BDS Movement

Violent Boycotts and the BDS Movement

1. A BIT MORE THAN A MONTH AGO, the organizers of A Night of Philosophy — the extravagant all-night lecture series hosted by the French Consulate in New York — received an open letter protesting ...