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Backblogged: Our Five Favorite Sentences of the Week

“This may be the most inconvenient fact about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: that he has survived to face trial, and so to keep facing the rest of us who live in Boston, and in the rest of the country.” From “The Inconvenient Image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,” by Ian Crouch.<p>“Long before the jury announced its …

Brazil

Before Air-Conditioning

For much of this week, New York, along with the eastern half of the U.S., has been caught up in an unstoppable heat wave. At times like this, it’s hard not to imagine the worst-case scenario. What if, in an apocalyptic turn of events, the world’s air-conditioners just stopped working? What would we …

The New Prince’s Burdens

A baby does not have to be of royal birth to become the monarch of its household, as Sigmund Freud recognized when he referred to “His Majesty the Baby,” in his 1914 essay “On Narcissism.” But when the firstborn child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at 4:24 <i>P.M.</i> G.M.T. today, Freud’s …

The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Middle Class

In 1973, Ron and Loretta Martin and their three sons moved into the yellow-brick Colonial across the street from my childhood home, on Detroit’s west side. My father greeted them warmly, despite the fact that most of our neighbors saw them as blockbusters, part of a nefarious conspiracy by …

Equality