Tommaso Jacopo Ulissi

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Going to Syria with France

Americans have been somewhat surprised that our most eager ally in taking punitive military action against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is not the United Kingdom, our partner in the so-called “special relationship,” but the France of the Socialist François Hollande. Do you remember when we …

Foreign Policy

Who Was J. D. Salinger?

Sometime in late 1968, Charles Manson was listening to “The Beatles,” to use the proper name of what’s most often called the White Album, and decided that “Helter Skelter,” an upbeat rocker about a roller coaster at an English amusement park, was a call to black insurrection in America, to be set …

Football and the Fall of Jack Kerouac

One night in early April, 1958, Joyce Glassman’s doorbell rang and woke her. An aspiring novelist who worked as a secretary at a small publishing firm, Glassman lived in a tenement on East Thirteenth Street, in Manhattan. When she opened the door, she found Jack Kerouac, his face covered in blood. …

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Steve Ballmer and the Art of Managing a Monopoly

Steve Ballmer hasn’t been getting much love recently. On Friday, when he announced that he plans to retire as Microsoft’s C.E.O. at some point within the next year, the firm’s stock had its best day in years, rising seven per cent. Since that Bronx cheer from the markets, the critics have been …

Why Doesn’t Medical Care Get Better When Doctors Rest More?

In late 2011, a seventy-four-year-old woman with colon cancer was admitted to a teaching hospital, to have part of her bowel surgically removed. The doctors put a drain into her abdomen, a standard procedure to prevent infection and facilitate healing. The procedure appeared to go smoothly. But the …