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.

Busted: America's Poverty Myths


Gladstone explores the myths around poverty in America, highlighting the systemic nature of poverty and the public assumptions of how people become and stay poor.

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How Homeownership Became the Engine of American Inequality

The New York Times Magazine

Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize recipient for his book Evicted, takes on the question of housing and inequality directly in this featured piece.

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How 3 American Families Went Off The Grid In Search Of A Simpler Life


Sundeen explains his book “The Unsettlers”, highlighting three contemporary households that seek to “live within limits” imposed by the natural order.

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Shepherd James Rebanks: ‘My ambition is to be a really good nobody’

The Guardian

This interview explores the life of a “nobody”—shepherd and author James Rebanks, who wrote a bestselling memoir of his life raising sheep in England.

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A Conversation with Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson

The Hedgehog Review

In reflecting on a life tethered to the land, Berry and Jackson offer profound reflections about the nature of friendship and meaning in the modern world.

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Review: Evicted, by Matthew Desmond

New City Commons

Desmond’s important up-close study of Milwaukee’s housing crisis highlights the connection between a stable home and our very sense of personhood.

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Drug firms poured 780M painkillers into WV amid rise of overdoses

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Part 1 of Eyre’s investigation into the opioid supply chain in West Virginia.

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'Suspicious' drug order rules never enforced by state

Charleston Gazette-Mail

Part 2 of Eyre’s investigation into the opioid supply chain in West Virginia.

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The New Yorker

Rachel Monroe profiles two entrepreneurial nomads, Emily King and Corey Smith, who are at the forefront of a “bohemian social-media movement” called “#vanlife.”

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The Atlantic

Bosker profiles the parents behind Barefoot Blond, a blog that blurs the line between parenting and fashion with 250,000 monthly readers and 1.3 million Instagram followers.

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How Technology Gets Us Hooked

The Guardian

Alter reveals the mechanics behind some of the world’s most addicting gaming technologies (podcast also available as an

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