Did NYU Screw Over Its Famous Chinese Dissident?
Sussing out Chen Guangcheng’s allegations against his host
June 18, 2013

Sussing out Chen Guangcheng’s allegations against his host.

Marvin Miller, 1917-2012: Cooperstown’s Most Glaring Omission
November 28, 2012

On Tuesday, Marvin Miller, the “father of sports free agency,” died at the age of 95. In an essay from Jewish Jocks, a new book about important Jewish sports figures edited by TNR’s Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy, Dahlia Lithwick recounts Miller’s battle with sports owners–and the failed efforts to enshrine him in the baseball hall of fame. When the Sporting News tallied up the “most powerful people in sports for the 20th century,” it ranked Marvin Miller fifth, sandwiched between Branch Rickey and David Stern.

As Sandy Strikes, Storm-Night Exploring, Instagram and Ruin Porn
October 30, 2012

It turns out the most risk-embracing New Yorkers are the dog owners, closely followed by the smokers, and then the amateur photographers.

As Sandy Strikes, Storm-Night Exploring, Instagram and Ruin Porn
October 30, 2012

It turns out the most risk-embracing New Yorkers are the dog owners, closely followed by the smokers, and then the amateur photographers.

America’s Scandalous Drone War Goes Unmentioned in the Campaign
September 26, 2012

A new study released this week by researchers at Stanford and NYU has found that American drone strikes in Pakistan are killing far more civilians than advertised, taking out few high value targets, and have become the primary recruiting tool for the terrorist groups the policy is aimed at combating.

Halt University Construction
April 26, 2012

President Obama is campaigning this week against a planned doubling of student loan rates, a rare issue on which Mitt Romney seems to agree. It’s a very worthwhile cause, but it will do nothing to solve the underlying problem of tuition inflation, which is pricing a college education, and the upward mobility it provides, out of reach for many Americans. Between 1981 and 2006 average tuition and fees more than doubled—and that’s after you factor in inflation. What we really need is to move toward federal price controls.

Literary Resolutions For the New Year
December 30, 2011

Last year, I gave the traditional New Year’s resolutions a literary spin by resolving to become a better reader in 2011. Now it’s time to take stock. Did I keep my promises? And what should I resolve to do this year? 1. Lose weight. I pledged to make 2011 the year of my big switch to e-galleys, freeing myself of the mountains of paper weighing down my shelves and cluttering my apartment. Alas, this didn’t go as smoothly as planned. I signed up for both Netgalley and Edelweiss, but my electronic requests for review copies were often unanswered or (bizarrely) denied.

Rick Perry Is a Higher-Education Visionary. Seriously.
August 25, 2011

Rick Perry is wrong about many things, including (but not limited to) the reality of climate change, the treasonous nature of quantitative easing, and the execution of innocent men. But give the man credit: He’s got some smart ideas about higher education. The fact that most liberals think otherwise reveals a glaring weakness in the progressive education agenda.  Perry’s push to reform the academy came late in his decade-long tenure as Texas governor, after he finished filling the state’s public university governing boards with his personal appointees.

How Could We Forget Ginger Rogers?
July 22, 2011

Apart from the music and dancing, the canonical movie musicals of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are almost unwatchably cloying and ridiculous. Then again, saying that is like saying that, apart from the flavor and the coldness, an ice-cream cone is pointless and impractical. I didn’t learn to appreciate musicals until I was in college and took a course on the subject taught by the late film historian William K. Everson at NYU.

Hawk Cam: What Are We Looking for When We Watch Birds?
June 15, 2011

For the better part of this spring, as I write or look at websites or putter around at home, I’ve kept open in a corner of my screen the Hawk Cam run by the City Desk at The New York Times. The red-tailed hawks, christened Violet and Bobby—like all reality TV stars, they have both a Facebook page and a Twitter feed—built their nest over the winter on a ledge outside the office of NYU’s president; in March, Violet laid three eggs. I started watching in late April, when the City Room blog announced that the eggs were about to hatch.