Magazine December 8, 2014, Issue

Silent, upon A Peak

Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar (Paramount/Warner Bros.)
A review of Interstellar

Lately the idea of technological stagnation has begun to brood over the Western world. The dominant spirit of our times is still gaga for gadgets, still over the moon for iThis and iThat, but there is an increasingly powerful countercurrent, a sense that perhaps the technological future is actually conspicuous in its failure to arrive. “When tracked against the admittedly lofty hopes of the 1950s and 1960s,” Peter Thiel argued in these pages three years ago, “technological progress has fallen short in many domains.” The left-wing essayist David Graeber put things more sharply in the pages of The Baffler: “It

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Articles

Politics & Policy

The IQ Cult

Running for president in 1952, Democrat Adlai Stevenson had, so goes the lore, one of the wittier ripostes in modern American political history: “You will have the vote of every ...
Politics & Policy

Branded by Google

In September, the Washington Post received an unusual request: Would it remove a music review from the Internet? The request came from Dejan Lazić, a Croatian-born pianist. Not hearing from ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Crony Consumerism

Everyone loves to hate crony capitalism. But crony consumerism, its evil twin, is just as dangerous, yet is barely known.   In the wake of the Great Society’s efforts to mandate ...

Books, Arts & Manners

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Letters

Remember the Alamo In his piece “Forget the Alamo” (October 20), Henry Olsen discredits the fierce battle of 1836, contending that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is overly enamored of a ...
The Week

The Week

‐ It is our fond hope that Democrats win another landslide among non-voters next time. ‐ Comparisons are odious. But on a night of GOP wins, pride of place belonged to ...
The Long View

From: jgruber@mit.edu

TO: verygiftedpotus@hotmail.com FROM: jgruber@mit.edu SUBJ: Mega apologies Dear Sir: I’m taking the liberty of writing to you at your private e-mail address, the one you give out to close and dear friends. I just ...
Athwart

One Small Outrage

If you haven’t heard the news by now, the European Space Agency landed a probe on a comet, and that was cause for hoorahs for about three minutes. Unfortunately one ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

ANGELICO’S CRUCIFIXION Tempera and gold on wood, circa 1445 The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue Here is faith’s erotic life, Prayer’s unfallen touch, whose brushstrokes hold Strange virtues even now to halt And hush our ...

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