Culture Briefing


What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

We Are Hopelessly Hooked

The New York Review of Books

A review of four recent books that track the effects of our addiction to handheld devices and online interactions.

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Marilynne Robinson: The Art of Fiction

The Paris Review

This 2008 interview highlights the deep self-understanding of one of America’s greatest living writers.

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Can Wall Street Solve the Water Crisis in the West?


The American West’s water supply is struggling to keep up population growth. Wall Street has a plan—but is it a good one?

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