Nicholas Shurson

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The Guys Who Really Should Be Locked Up

You might think that someone who’s been locked up a lot like me might have more sympathy for inmates, regardless of what their crime is, but I doubt that I do. When I hear a guy sitting next to me in group say he just did 31 years, I really don’t want...<p><i>Photo via</i><p>Since I’ve been out of prison, I’ve …

Instagram and the Impulse to Capture Every Moment

“When I think about what Instagram is, I think about moments,” said Kevin Systrom, the photo-sharing service’s co-founder and C.E.O. “Our mission is to capture and share the world’s moments.” This is why, he explained in a flat tone at Facebook’s headquarters, Instagram is moving beyond photos—and …

Child Mortality

By Rachael Maddux June 20, 2013<p>“I’ve been having a lot of anxiety about death lately,” my friend Kate said. It was early September and she and I and some others were crammed into a red leather booth in a bar that had once been a gas station. It was still warm outside but it wouldn’t be much longer. …

Loving Lit Mags: Benjamin Samuel - Atticus Books

In August, we publish <i>Paper Dreams: Writers and Editors on the American Literary Magazine</i>, a compilation of the continued history and conversations of …

Do Americans Have Terrible Taste In Movies?

It is impossible, this time of year, not to assume that all Americans are idiots, throwing billions of dollars at movie studios for producing terrible movies meant to numb us into becoming drooling popcorn-digesters. But that's not entirely the case! We looked at nearly 800 movies from the past …

Transcending the Political

It’s rare for a writer of only two novels to get the critical acclaim bestowed upon <b>Rachel Kushner</b>. In 2005, her debut novel <i>Telex From Cuba</i>, about the …

Susan Sontag on the Creative Purpose of Boredom

Artist Maira Kalman believes that it’s very important not to be bored for too long. And yet the history of boredom shows that boredom has an essential function in the history of art.<p>From the recently released volume of <b>Susan Sontag</b>’s diaries, <b>As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Journals and</b> …

The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity

It seems to be the season for fascinating meditations on consciousness, exploring such questions as what happens while we sleep, how complex cognition evolved, and why the world exists. Joining them and prior explorations of what it means to be human is <b>The Ravenous Brain: How the New Science of</b> …

The Gift of Doubt

Albert O. Hirschman and the power of failure.<p>In the mid-nineteenth century, work began on a crucial section of the railway line connecting Boston to the Hudson River. The addition would run from Greenfield, Massachusetts, to Troy, New York, and it required tunnelling through Hoosac Mountain, a …

If God Wanted Us To Be Vegans, Why Did He Leave Holes In Vegan Logic?

<i>by Rhys Southan</i><p>There aren’t a lot of people who specialize in spotting flaws in the ethical logic for veganism. That’s quite possibly because no one …