Writing

  1. 01. The Spirits Business:New-World Whiskies

    For centuries, the geography of whisky has been a bit like an Anglophone meeting of Nato members, with Ireland […]

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  2. 02. New York Times:On the Cocktail Trail in Brazil, a Favorite Spirit Gets Frisky

    As in many large countries, most of the popular stereotypes about Brazil unravel with the slightest tug. A nation […]

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  3. 03. Middle West Review: Review, Janeane from Des Moines

    It is no revelation that politics is, at least in part, performance. But usually it is the politicians who […]

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  4. 04. PUNCH:A Guide to the Best Sipping Rums Under $50

    Rum is one of the world’s most varied spirit categories and, like the realm of the pirates frequently evoked […]

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  5. 05. Craftsmanship:The Power of the Scribe

    It’s about halfway through our first interview when Rabbi Shimon Zeide decides his best option is to just start […]

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  6. 06. PUNCH:Wisconsin’s New Claim on the Brandy Old-Fashioned

    For generations a ritual has governed a not un-casual night out for diners and drinkers across the state of […]

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  7. 07. Signature:The Surprising, Drama-filled Life of the Colorado River

    If the Colorado River were really a person, as it is portrayed in a somewhat disconcerting-for-its-anthropomorphism video from the […]

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  8. 08. Signature: Fearing the Fall: A Brief History of American Populism

    If there is one good thing to be said for the election of Donald Trump, Brexit, the surge of […]

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  9. 09. Signature:A Short History of the Long Love Affair Between Coffee and Books

    “Good. Coffee is good for you. It’s the caffeine in it. Caffeine, we are here. Caffeine puts a man […]

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  10. 10. Signature: Meet the Group of Extreme Rationalists Bent on Cheating Death

    In his latest book To Be a Machine, Mark O’Connell probes the impulses, personalities, and technology of the people who […]

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  11. 11. Signature: The Science Behind Earworms, Blockbusters, and Bestsellers

    Why does everyone suddenly care about that? Why is it that in 2012, several years after calling anybody over the […]

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  12. 12. Punch: Why One Spirit Can Have Many Different ABVs?

    Recently, I found myself sitting in the tasting lab at the Mount Gay distillery tucked away in the canefields […]

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  13. 13. Signature: Let’s Pause Before Bowing at the Altar of Algorithms

    For several weeks this summer, in certain cars of the New York City subway, Spotify, the music-streaming service, bought […]

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  14. 14. Signature: The Golden Age of News Editing with Terry McDonell

    When Jim Harrison was being edited by Terry McDonell, the peripatetic editor whose nearly forty-year career has seen stops […]

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  15. 15. Punch: How Do You Define Terroir in Whiskey?

    Is rye, rye? That’s not some existential koan (well, maybe it is). But for Pittsburgh-based Wigle Whiskey, this question has […]

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  16. 16. Signature: Are We, ‘Classless’ America, Actually Obsessed with Class?

    Trump supporters Take a moment. Let that conjure an image. Who do you see? If you’re progressive, rather well off, […]

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  17. 17. Signature: The Ultimate Reader’s Guide to Whiskey

    “The light music of whisky falling into a glass,” wrote James Joyce, “made an agreeable interlude.” Those are certainly among […]

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  18. 18. Signature: Jane Jacobs at 100: The Death and Life of a Great American Activist

    Shortly after the 1961 publication of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the most famous work of Jane Jacobs, Mademoiselle magazine wrote an […]

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  19. 19. Signature: A Brief Cultural History of the Word ‘Ghetto’

    Among the words occasionally nominated for purging from the nation’s lexicons is the word “ghetto.” I was recently reminded […]

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  20. 20. The Scofield: Burning in the Rum

    When I was asked to come up with a cocktail based on a story by some writer whom I […]

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  21. 21. Signature: From Keystone to the Bundys: A Literary Tour of Land Disputes

    My father likes to say the thing about land is that they aren’t making anymore of it. Therefore, buy […]

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  22. 22. Signature: On the Othering of Immigrants in Michelle Hoover’s Bottomland

    At its center, the story in Bottomland, Michelle Hoover’s second novel after 2010’s The Quickening, centers on the story […]

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  23. 23. PUNCH: Inside the Booming Market for Vintage Spirits

    Pre-Prohibition whiskey, late-1800s white Chartreuse—in the fine and rare alcohol game, wine has finally got some serious competition. In […]

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  24. 24. Gastronomica: Review: Wood, Whiskey, Wine: A History of Barrels by Henry H. Work

    In the conversation about wine and spirits, where talk of terroir, of grape varietals and clones, of yeast strains […]

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  25. 25. Signature: To Have and Have More: 3 Critical Books on America’s Wealth Gap

    Ever since Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders cast his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, the issue of income […]

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  26. 26. Biographile: Locked in Belief, Loaded with Fear: On What Drives Gun Culture in America

    In a special section on guns in its May issue, the psychology journal American Journal of Orthopsychiatry began by preempting any charges […]

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  27. 27. Biographile: An Exaggerated American: The Lost, Outmoded Life of General Custer

    George Armstrong Custer was a lot of things: a West Point delinquent, a Civil War genius, a strident temperance advocate […]

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  28. 28. Craftsmanship: Rum’s Revenge

    In the mid-seventeenth Century, Captain Henry Morgan was an English privateer who became famous for leading an outfit of […]

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  29. 29. Biographile: Dissecting the Iran Deal with David Crist’s The Twilight War

    When Republican Presidential Candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz denounced Obama’s Iran Deal by vowing to throw it out […]

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  30. 30. Biographile: Fear, Hate, Repeat: On Holocaust Warnings with Timothy Snyder

    To preserve memory of the Holocaust, writes the Czech author Patrik Oředník in Europeana, his haunting deconstruction of the […]

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  31. 31. Biographile: Before Bernie: A Brief History of American Progressivism

    Perhaps it was inevitable that when Bernie Sanders, a United States Senator from Vermont and, famously, an avowed socialist, […]

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  32. 32. Biographile: El Chapo, Corruption, and the ‘Scar’ of the U.S.-Mexico Border

    When Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the drug lord better known as El Chapo who heads Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, escaped from […]

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  33. 33. Biographile: Travels with Charley — Revisiting Steinbeck’s Under-Read Memoir

    By 1960, a year that would prove to be late in his life, John Steinbeck had found he had […]

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  34. 34. Biographile: Redefining Life: ‘Off the Main Road’ and the Works of William Inge

    “Off the Main Road,” the recently rediscovered play of the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright William Inge, is a play that […]

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  35. 35. Biographile: Surviving German-Occupied France | Interview with Charles Kaiser

    There seems to be, in the small (or topically constrained) books about big subjects like the World Wars, an […]

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  36. 36. Biographile: Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell, NYC, and Writing to Remember

    Joseph Mitchell, the beloved New Yorker writer, who, in a sort of wanderer’s alchemy, took the characters he met […]

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  37. 37. PUNCH: The Fall and Rebirth of America’s First Great Whiskey: Pennsylvania Rye

    Today the Monongahela Valley of Western Pennsylvania is known—if it’s known at all—as the home of Pittsburgh. It’s in […]

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  38. 38. Guernica Magazine: Built for Humans | Interview with Sharon Zukin

    Gentrification is driven by myriad factors, among them global investors, real estate developers, and the media, which celebrates “destination […]

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  39. 39. The Gazette: This is How to Advance the Iowa Debate

    As University of Iowa professor Stephen Bloom, a man with an East Coast connection, was sparking an intense debate […]

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