Ben Sasse: The Downfall of American Adolescence

by Ben Sasse

How did we get to this point—where a large portion of our people in the prime of their lives are stuck in a sad sort of limbo, ordering pizza on cell phones while streaming Netflix from their parents’ basements, where they live? There is no simple answer, but we can wrap our minds around the current unraveling of adolescence by briefly considering five big developments in the United States in the first decades after World War II.
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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

Horsing Around with William Shatner

by William Shatner, with Jeff Rovin

I have to tell you a story that has very little to do with horses, but has more to do with something one horse brought into my life. It’s among my most treasured memories from shooting any film or TV episode with a Western theme. We were filming an episode of Star Trek, one that involved horses. Actually, it involved a horse, and also a tiger. Strangely, the episode was not the third-season “Spectre of the Gun,” our only Western, which had no horses.

In “Spectre,” crew members had been captured by an alien whose idea of fun was to drop us into a re-creation of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It was shot entirely on sound-stages and was a bit of déjà vu for DeForest Kelley  because a dozen years before he had costarred as Morgan Earp alongside Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in the film Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (I suppose it would have been doubly fitting if “Dr. McCoy” had played Doc Holliday instead of Kirk, but I digress. . . .
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How Police Brutality Shaped New York City

by Bruce Chadwick

Headlines about New York City police officer violence against civilians, including murders, have splashed across the front pages of newspapers and television screen for years. Just recently, a member of the NYPD choked to death Eric Garner, father of six, on a sidewalk in New York. In 1999 Amadou Diallo was shot to death, 41 times, in his neighborhood. Sean Bell, 23, was shot dead the night before his wedding by a band of cops who cornered him in a parking lot.
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Seymour Berkson: An Open Letter to the Mad Bomber

Seymour Berkson

by Michael Cannell

Seymour Berkson may have been the only New Yorker to recoil at the sight of the psychiatric profile published on the front page of The New York Times on Christmas Day, 1956.
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When the Lowell Women Broke the Boston Brahmin Rules

by Nina Sankovitch

On a late winter’s evening in the year 1902, Amy Lowell took to the podium at a meeting of the Brookline school board to protest the reappointment of an aged and ineffective teacher.  The audience was shocked by this Boston Brahmin woman speaking out in public, and even more horrified that she was taking a stand against an older, established male.
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