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Lectures Didn't Work in 1350—and They Still Don't Work Today

A conversation with David Thornburg about designing a better classroom<p>“Of all the places I remember from my childhood,” David Thornburg writes, “school was the most depressing.” The now award-winning educational futurist and creator of the “educational holodeck,” Thornburg’s early experience in the …

A New Private Club in San Francisco, and an Old Diversity Challenge

Inside the Musto Building, a space in San Francisco’s Financial District that once housed a marble mill and a candy warehouse, a pair of Internet multimillionaires has founded a members-only club called the Battery. It includes a wine cellar, a spa, and a poker room. The inclusiveness doesn’t …

Classical Music’s Hell Week

Washington’s shutdown drama is not the only one currently on offer: classical music in America is enduring its own hell week, the most significant crisis to affect the industry since the Great Recession took hold in 2008. The Minnesota Orchestra, locked out by management for a year, has now lost …

Welcome to the United States: The Shutdown Edition

I started working as a reporter in Washington on October 1, 2013, the day the government stopped working. That was an accident; when I picked the day from the calendar, months ago, a G.O.P. congressman was not describing members of his party as “lemmings with suicide vests,” and the Senate Majority …

A Few Simple Ideas About Gun Control

Two more thoughts about gun control: one practical and immediate, the other more abstract and academic, though with a practical fork in its tail. The practical comes from a recent discussion with my father, about, of all things, shooting raccoons. The Gopnik family seat, such as it is, is nowhere …