Reimagining the Common Good


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.

The Good

The Most Astute Analysis of American Politics in 2016? SNL’s “Black Jeopardy!” Sketch

Last week, SNL reminded us what journalists often miss in reporting on Trump’s support among the working class.

By Jamelle Bouie | Vol. 69

The Good

Fiction and Identity Politics

An acclaimed fiction author takes on cultural appropriation—while wearing a sombrero.

By Lionel Shriver | Vol. 67

The Good

As Lionel Shriver made light of identity, I had no choice but to walk out on her

A critical response to Shriver’s recent address on “Fiction and Identity Politics.”

By Yassmin Abdel-Magied | Vol. 67

The Good

Lionel Shriver Puts On a Sombrero

Tolentino reflects on the increasingly abstract and contentious debate over cultural appropriation.

By Jia Tolentino | Vol. 67

The Good

Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

Seeing loneliness as a medical problem, rather than merely a sociological or psychological one, allows us to bring the “unspoken stigma of loneliness” to light.

By Katie Hafner | Vol. 65

The Good

I Used to Be a Human Being

Sullivan’s account of his own technological wake-up call is an important reflection on the human cost of constant connectivity.

By Andrew Sullivan | Vol. 64

The Good

Teens Who Say No to Social Media

Some young people are opting out of a wired existence to pursue something they deeply crave—non-mediated, immediate encounters with friends.

By Christine Rosen | Vol. 64

The Good

A Manifesto Against ‘Parenting’

Taking care of children is one thing—‘parenting,’ Gopnik argues, is something else entirely.

By Alison Gopnik | Vol. 57

The Good

Raising the Awesome Child

What can we learn about ourselves from our rival conceptions of the “good child?”

By Diane M. Hoffman | Vol. 57

The Good

The ‘Boys’ in the Bunkhouse

Barry’s 2014 article introduced the public to life in Atalissa—both in the bunkhouse and in the small town outside.

By Dan Barry | Vol. 51

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