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.

The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness.

Boston Globe

Billy Baker, a Southie native now writing for the Globe, reflects on the challenges of friendship and loneliness among middle-aged men.

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Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

The New York Times

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.

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The Heart Wants What it Wants


This follow-up on last week’s briefing on friendship and loneliness unveils a pen-pal scam that highlights our deep desire for relationship.

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