When he disappeared four years ago on Turkey’s tallest mountain, Donald Mackenzie wasn’t trying to reach the summit. A true believer, Mackenzie was looking for Noah’s Ark.
Tuesday, November 25
The life of Reverend Charles Moore, who died by self-immolation in the parking lot of a Texas strip mall.
An argument for how the system protects police.
Monday, November 24
On the then-new phenomenon of dead downtowns.
It is not only for amenity but for economics that choice is so vital. Without a mixture on the streets, our downtowns would be superficially standardized, and functionally standardized as well. New construction is necessary, but it is not an unmixed blessing: its inexorable economy is fatal to hundreds of enterprises able to make out successfully in old buildings. Notice that when a new building goes up, the kind of ground-floor tenants it gets are usually the chain store and the chain restaurant. Lack of variety in age and overhead is an unavoidable defect in large new shopping centers and is one reason why even the most successful cannot incubate the unusual--a point overlooked by planners of downtown shopping-center projects.
How making the most successful video game ever changed Alexey Pajitnov’s life.
A profile of the most powerful woman in the world.
Sunday, November 23
The lives of the Indians who were swallowed in the Bhopal gas cloud, thirty years later.
Saturday, November 22
An essay, originally published over two issues, on how and why we forget war.