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El Norte review: an epic and timely history of Hispanic North America

Carrie Gibson has written an exhaustive corrective to historians who seek to whitewash a story of settlement and conflictThe subtitle of Carrie Gibson’s book is The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America. El Norte lives up to it. Related: These Truths review: Jill Lepore's Lincolnian American history Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Mexico, Americas, US news, Culture, US politics, US immigration, North America, Jill Lepore, El Norte, Us-mexico Border, History books, Carrie Gibson, Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America El Norte


Jill Lepore On The Animating DreamS Of American Democracy

The history of the United States is a history of bias and brutality and hubris, but it is also a history of idealism and hard work and soaring optimism. What emerges is an invitation to regard these tessellated truths and conflicting motive forces with an equanimous understanding that can inform a juster, more beautiful, and less conflicted future. – Brainpickings
Tags: Art, Ideas, United States, Jill Lepore, 03.11.19


'The Taproot of Modern Journalism'

"The daily newspaper is the taproot of modern journalism. Dailies mainly date to the eighteen-thirties, the decade in which the word 'journalism' was coined, meaning daily reporting, the jour in journalism." Another good article about, well, the state of journalism: "Hard News: The state of journalism" by Jill Lepore, in the January 28th issue of The New Yorker. Online it's the same article but it's called "Does Journalism Have a Future? In an era of social media and fake news, journalists who h...
Tags: Photography, Michael Johnston, Scott, Michael C Johnston, Jill Lepore, Pinker, Stephen Pinker


Can Journalism Survive (as Recognizable Journalism)?

Jill Lepore: “There’s no shortage of amazing journalists at work, clear-eyed and courageous, broad-minded and brilliant, and no end of fascinating innovation in matters of form, especially in visual storytelling. Still, journalism, as a field, is as addled as an addict, gaunt, wasted, and twitchy, its pockets as empty as its nights are sleepless. It’s faster than it used to be, so fast. It’s also edgier, and needier, and angrier. It wants and it wants and it wants. But what does it need?” – The...
Tags: Art, Words, Jill Lepore, 01.28.19


The Circuitous, Disingenuous Nature of Nostalgia in Video Games

“They want to turn your past into your future,” writes Jill Lepore in a recent issue of the New Yorker. Lepore was writing about Amazon, Google, and Facebook and their algorithm-driven data machines, but she just as easily could have been writing about video game developers big and small. Three notable releases use our past […]
Tags: Facebook, Opinion, Nintendo, Atari, Columns, Jill Lepore, Amazon Google, Lepore, Digital Rituals, “New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, YIIK


2018 Was a Banner Year for Algorithmic Prediction

Harvard’s Jill Lepore, one of the most fascinating and actually humorous historical writers, has superb explanatory insight on algorithmic prediction. That’s not a surprise. She approaches history from perspectives that have never crossed this historian’s mind--and does it with a lot of verve. She’s one of the few with a steady hand when the rest of us are lurching around with churning stomachs about artificial intelligence and moronic politicians. With two algorithmic geniuses in my own famil...
Tags: Technology, Careers, Harvard, United States, New Yorker, Jill Lepore, Lepore, Social Science, Amazon Google Facebook


Short-term thinking is politics’ most epic failure

The Republican Party was founded in 1854 in Wisconsin as the "party of reform". It was the first U.S. political party to be founded by women as well as by men, the first party to support suffrage, and the first party to support equal rights. It was the party of Abe Lincoln! So what changed?In the 1970s, Ronald Regan made the mistake that ultimately dooms all political parties: He made a short-term decision for instant gratification. The party decides to focus on getting the more immediately prof...
Tags: Politics, History, United States, Innovation, Slavery, Wisconsin, Republican Party, Jill Lepore, Abe Lincoln, Ronald Regan, Lepore Businesses


What Scientists Predicted 2018 Would Look Like 50 Years Ago

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with writer Jill Lepore of The New Yorker about her article "What 2018 Looked Like Fifty Years Ago."
Tags: News, Npr, Jill Lepore, Mary Louise Kelly


Writer seeks records of probe into Pentagon Papers leak

BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard University professor and writer for The New Yorker is asking a court to order the release of documents related to two grand juries that sat in Boston nearly 50 years ago to investigate the leak of the Pentagon Papers. Jill Lepore says in documents filed in federal court Monday that […]
Tags: News, Boston, Ap, Harvard University, The New Yorker, Jill Lepore, Nation & World


Jill Lepore: How Intellectual Authority Has Been Undermined

That transformation, from facts to numbers to data, traces something else: the shifting prestige placed on different ways of knowing. Facts come from the realm of the humanities, numbers represent the social sciences, and data the natural sciences. When people talk about the decline of the humanities, they are actually talking about the rise and fall of the fact, as well as other factors. When people try to re-establish the prestige of the humanities with the digital humanities and large data se...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Jill Lepore, 11.14.18


The United States of Guns

Like many of you, I read the news of a single person killing at least 12 people in Thousand Oaks, California last night. While this is an outrageous and horrifying event, it isn’t surprising or shocking in any way in a country where more than 33,000 people die from gun violence each year. America is a stuck in a Groundhog Day loop of gun violence. We’ll keep waking up, stuck in the same reality of oppression, carnage, and ruined lives until we can figure out how to effect meaningful change. I’v...
Tags: Japan, Australia, US, America, Cnn, United States, Roger Ebert, University Of Chicago, Yemen, Adolf Hitler, Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Jason Kottke, Nbc Nightly News, Dan Hodges, Columbine


Why We Needed A New History Of The United States

Jill Lepore has surmised, is that too much historical writing—and perhaps too much nonfiction in general—proceeds without many of the qualities that readers recognize as essential to experience: “humor, and art, and passion, and love, and tenderness, and sex… and fear, and terror, and the sublime, and cruelty.” Things that she calls “organic to the period, and yet lost to us.” Lepore’s training as a historian, she’s said, tried to teach her that these things did not contain worthy explanations. ...
Tags: Art, United States, Issues, Jill Lepore, Lepore, 10.19.18


Monday round-up

This morning the Supreme Court kicks off October Term 2018 by hearing oral argument in two cases. The first is Weyerhaeuser Company v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a challenge to the federal government’s critical-habitat designation for the dusky gopher frog. Lisa Heinzerling previewed the case for this blog. Garion Liberti and Tayler Woelcke have a preview for Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute. Subscript Law provides a graphic explainer for the case. Another look at Weyerhaeus...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, America, Cnn, New York Times, Fox News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, The Washington Post, Economist, Round-up, National Review, Lyle Denniston, Robert Barnes, Weyerhaeuser, Howe, Adam Liptak


'These Truths' Looks At America Through The Promises Of Its Beginning

By engaging with our country's past — and present — in an intellectually honest way, Jill Lepore has created a book that truly does encapsulate the American story in all its pain and triumph.(Image credit: NPR)
Tags: News, America, Jill Lepore


Profile: Jill Lepore on Writing the Story of America (in 1,000 Pages or Less)

After writing a shelf of books mining forgotten incidents and obscure lives, the Harvard scholar and New Yorker writer offers history on a grand scale.
Tags: News, Harvard, Jill, Jill Lepore, Lepore, Books and Literature, United States Politics and Government, Writing and Writers, Story Of America


When You’re About To Finish A 900-Plus Page History Of The United States, And Then It’s Election Night

Historian Jill Lepore on writing a history of the entire country in less than 1000 pages, but still having to change the ending thanks to the presidential election of 2016: “It was just a watershed political moment. To not adjust to end there just seemed wrong, like a dereliction of duty as a historian.”
Tags: Art, United States, Words, Jill Lepore, 09.16.18


Nonfiction: The American Past: A History of Contradictions

Jill Lepore’s “These Truths” shows both the successes and failures that have made the country what it is today.
Tags: News, United States, Jill, Jill Lepore, Lepore, Books and Literature, Civil War (US) (1861-65, Presidents and Presidency (US, Slavery (Historical, Constitution (US


The Attack On Democracy In The 1930s And Today

As fascism spread globally in the 1930s, the U.S. responded with a series of radio programs informing the public about American democracy. Jill Lepore, author of These Truths, talks to Steve Inskeep.
Tags: News, Jill Lepore


Books of The Times: As the News Cycle Lurches, Jill Lepore Offers a Long, Steady View of American History

In the elegant, readable and sobering “These Truths,” Lepore starts with Columbus’s arrival and wends her way through the next five centuries.
Tags: News, The Times, Columbus, Jill, Jill Lepore, Lepore, Books and Literature


“Is Education a Fundamental Right? The history of an obscure Supreme Court ruling sheds light on the ongoing debate over schooling and immigration.”

“Is Education a Fundamental Right? The history of an obscure Supreme Court ruling sheds light on the ongoing debate over schooling and immigration.” Jill Lepore has this “A Critic at Large” essay in the September 10, 2018 issue of The New Yorker.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, Jill Lepore


Crime and punishment roundup

“They Shared Drugs. Someone Died. Does That Make Them Killers?” [Rosa Goldensohn, New York Times in May, earlier on overdose prosecutions here, etc.] Also from May, missed this good Jill Lepore piece on rise of victims’ rights revolution, powered by both feminist and conservative impulses [The New Yorker; my comment on victim impact statements] UK: sexual assault cases collapse after prosecution shown to have held back material helpful to defense [Sky News] “The ongoing problem of conven...
Tags: UK, New York, Law, Sexual Assault, Uncategorized, New York Times, Jerry Brown, Calif, Institute for Justice, Jill Lepore, Prosecution, Radley Balko, Scott Shackford, Illegal Drugs, Rosa Goldensohn, Bail Bonds


Annals of Capitalization.

I thought I was used to the New Yorker‘s stylistic quirks, having read it for many decades now, but two words in this week’s Talk of the Town flummoxed me. From Jill Lepore’s lead Comment: “Serious malfeasance really began with Jackson, reached a pitch with Buchanan, then quieted down until the Presidencies of Grant and Harding, but all these shenanigans, he thought, seemed quaint compared with what Nixon stood accused of.” And from Tyler Foggatt’s piece: “From Queens, the tour might proceed t...
Tags: Uncategorized, Queens, Linguistics, Manhattan, Jackson, Grant, Nixon, Buchanan, Pierre, Harding, Jill Lepore, Tyler Foggatt


Further Reading On The Fight To Vote

Philip Loring Allen, “The Multifarious Australian Ballot,” North American Review, May 1910. Sven Beckert, “Democracy and Its Discontents: Contesting Suffrage Rights in Gilded Age New York,” Past and Present (February 2002): 116-157. Justin Behrend, Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South after the Civil War (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2017). Rabia Belt, “Ballots for Bullets? Disabled Veterans and the Right to Vote,” Stanford Law Review (February 2017): 435...
Tags: New York, News, Washington, Stanford, Alabama, Paris, Athens, Philadelphia, Sarah, Louisville, Simon, Maysville, Jill Lepore, United States Washington, University of Chicago Press, University of Georgia Press


The United States of Guns

Like many of you, I read the news of a single person killing at least 10 people in Santa Fe, Texas today. While this is an outrageous and horrifying event, it isn’t surprising or shocking in any way in a country where more than 33,000 people die from gun violence each year. America is a stuck in a Groundhog Day loop of gun violence. We’ll keep waking up, stuck in the same reality of oppression, carnage, and ruined lives until we can figure out how to effect meaningful change. I’ve collected som...
Tags: Japan, Usa, Australia, US, America, Cnn, United States, Roger Ebert, University Of Chicago, Yemen, Adolf Hitler, Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Jason Kottke, Nbc Nightly News, Dan Hodges


In the May 21, 2018 issue of The New Yorker

In the May 21, 2018 issue of The New Yorker: Jill Lepore has an article headlined “The Rise of the Victims’-Rights Movement: How a conservative agenda and a feminist cause came together to transform criminal justice.” And Evan Osnos has an article headlined “Trump vs. the ‘Deep State’: How the Administration’s loyalists are quietly reshaping American governance.”
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Trump, Jill Lepore, Evan Osnos


Interesting accounting of history and modern realities of victims' rights

The New Yorker has this notable lengthy new article authored by Jill Lepore under the headline "The Rise of the Victims’-Rights Movement: How a conservative agenda and a feminist cause came together to transform criminal justice."  The article covers lots history (with a particular focus on the importance of the Oklahoma City bombing) along with considerable law and policy (taking mostly a jaundiced view on victim rights). I recommend the piece in full, and here are a few excerpts: Because vict...
Tags: Law, Congress, Massachusetts, Oklahoma City, Jill Lepore, McVeigh, Nancy Gertner, Nassar, Douglas A Berman, Gertner, Susan Bandes, Larry Nassar, Scott Sundby, Aquilina, Paul -RSB- Cassell


"How Mattel Found Itself In a Barbie Dispute With Frida Kahlo's Family."

Fortune reports. The toy firm unveiled its Kahlo Barbie after striking a deal with the Panama-based Frida Kahlo Corporation, which got the rights to Kahlo’s image from one of her nieces, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo, more than a decade ago.... Other members of the family have long been against this commercialization of the distinctive, uni-browed Kahlo image. Last year they accused the Corporation of a breach of contract that AFP now reports (details were held back at the time) was the result of the Corp...
Tags: Law, Eyebrows, Barbie, Panama, Mattel, Afp, Corporation, Jill Lepore, Frida Kahlo, Kahlo, Ann Althouse, lawsuits I hope will fail, Frida Kahlo Corporation, Kahlo Barbie, Isolda Pinedo Kahlo


The United States of Guns

Like many of you, I read the news of a single person killing at least 17 people in Parkland, Florida today. While this is an outrageous and horrifying event, it isn’t surprising or shocking in any way in a country where more than 33,000 people die from gun violence each year and guns that can fire dozens of rounds a minute are perfectly legal. America is a stuck in a Groundhog Day loop of gun violence. We’ll keep waking up, stuck in the same reality of oppression, carnage, and ruined lives unti...
Tags: Japan, Usa, Australia, US, America, Cnn, United States, Roger Ebert, University Of Chicago, Yemen, Adolf Hitler, Sandy Hook, Sandy Hook Elementary School, Jason Kottke, Nbc Nightly News, Dan Hodges


Reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on Its 200th Anniversary: An Animated Primer to the Great Monster Story & Technology Cautionary Tale

200 years ago, 18-year-old Mary Shelley did an extraordinary thing. After a dreary winter evening spent indoors telling ghost stories during the storied “year without a summer,” she took her idea and turned it into a novel. In January of 1818, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus appeared, first published anonymously in an edition of 500 copies, with a preface by her husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Granted, Mary Shelley wasn’t an ordinary 18-year-old. In addition to her romance wi...
Tags: Google, College, Tim Burton, Literature, PERCY, Gillespie, Black Mirror, Mel Brooks, Bram Stoker, Byron, Thomas Edison, Facebook Twitter, Frankenstein, Josh Jones, SHELLEY, Jill Lepore


DIY doll reconstruction

In response to a New Yorker article by Jill Lepore about fashion dolls like Barbie and Bratz, 11-year-old Violette Skilling sent in a letter to the magazine with her take on the dolls. It reads, in part: I never wanted a Barbie or a Bratz doll until I discovered doll reconstruction. What you do is erase the features of the doll with nail-polish remover, and then remove the hair and make other body modifications. Then you give the doll a new face, new hair, and new clothing. (My favorite part ...
Tags: Youtube, Barbie, Jason Kottke, Singh, Bratz, Jill Lepore, Sonia Singh, Violette Skilling, Jill Lepore Sonia Singh Violette Skilling