On the day of Hitler’s suicide, a squad of American soldiers found themselves face to face with the eighty-year-old composer and conductor Richard Strauss. Alex Ross reflects on the story of the encounter: http://nyr.kr/UqKUES
“Why do I find these tales mesmerizing? Perhaps it has to do with the awkward relationship that any child of the postwar American empire has with the old European colossus of classical music. No matter how deeply we bow before it, we feel like intruders, pulling into the driveways of the great composers and threatening them with eviction.”
Photograph by AP.
A new Pew Research Center report found a decline in the ranks of newspaper reporters covering government from some of the most important venues in the U.S.—the 50 state capitol buildings. Our data also revealed that one key indicator of the size of a statehouse press corps is state population, with eight of the 10 most populous states—California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan—ranking in the top 10 in the number of full-time reporters.
But there is another way to look at the relationship between statehouse reporting power and population. The color-coded interactive map ranks states by the number of statehouse reporters for every 500,000 residents. And by that measure, the results are very different.
Amy Davidson on Malaysian Air Flight 17: http://nyr.kr/1pAiYrS
“If the Ukrainian separatists who controlled the area where the plane went down had treated the bodies well—or just, as President Obama said Monday, with ‘decency’—they and their Russian sponsors might have kept a little bit more control over this story.”
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The National Security Agency is not spying only on foreigners or just collecting “metadata.” Is the NSA making the nation safer? Is it abusing its vast resources? What happened to reforms promised after Edward Snowden’s first document dump?
Which one of these technologies would be the hardest for you to give up? Which would be nearly impossible to give up?