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.

A New Map for America

The New York Times

Khanna redraws the map by dividing the U.S. into seven mega-regions united by common infrastructure. 

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‘Old but not cold’: Four very longtime friends anticipate turning 100 this year

The Washington Post

The remarkable story of four Washingtonians who have been friends for the whole of their quite long lives.

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End of the car age: how cities are outgrowing the automobile

The Guardian

Have we reached the era of “peak car”? What does the future of urban transportation hold?

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David Foster Wallace’s Perfect Game

The New Yorker

An excerpt from an upcoming book on David Foster Wallace, “the greatest tennis writer of his generation.”

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