Finding Stillness in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters in the Age of Trump

Finding Stillness in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters in the Age of Trump

In the summer of 2014, Thomas Tidwell, who had worked for the U.S. Forest Service for thirty-seven years, the last five of those as its chief, decided to visit the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, a mosaic of more than a thousand lakes and rivers on almost 1.1 million acres in northern Minnesota, along the Canadian border. A Chilean company, More...

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The Absolute Originality of Georges Perec
By Boston Journal On Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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The Absolute Originality of Georges Perec

Even if Georges Perec had not written a novel without the letter “E”—“La disparition,” later rendered into “E”-less English as “A Void”—he would still be one of the most unusual writers of More...

What’s in a Woke McRib?
By Boston Journal On Monday, July 15th, 2019
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What’s in a Woke McRib?

The chef Roy Choi posted up at the counter of Abby’s Diner in Los Angeles recently. Several times a week, the place morphs from a traditional greasy spoon—booths, tiled floor, B.L.T.s—to a greasy spoon that More...

Look Who’s Suddenly Into Tarot Cards Now That He’s Possessed by the Devil
By Boston Journal On Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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Look Who’s Suddenly Into Tarot Cards Now That He’s Possessed by the Devil

Well, look who just showed up at the metaphysical-supply store. Give a shout if you need help finding anything—this must all be pretty new to you. You know, I’m usually happy to see someone take an interest More...

Focus-Group-Testing Takeaways for the Next Social-Media Platform
By Boston Journal On Saturday, July 13th, 2019
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Focus-Group-Testing Takeaways for the Next Social-Media Platform

Posts No more “likes,” “favorites,” or “hearts.” Instead, you think there should be only an “acknowledge” button. Participants in our sessions were unanimous: there is no such thing as good content. More...

Look, Son, Maybe Men Just Aren’t Built to Play Soccer
By Boston Journal On Friday, July 12th, 2019
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Look, Son, Maybe Men Just Aren’t Built to Play Soccer

Hey, son, can I talk to you for a sec? I know you’ve been having so much fun at soccer camp, and you mentioned wanting to play professionally, and I think that’s so great. Especially since you’re a boy. More...

The Essay to Read If You Even Think About Wearing Clothes
By Boston Journal On Thursday, July 11th, 2019
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The Essay to Read If You Even Think About Wearing Clothes

The fashion calendar flipped to July and brought forth the rarefied presentations, in Paris, of clothing by the members of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture—a lot of sumptuous gowns to wear on autumn More...

“Three Women,” Reviewed: Lisa Taddeo’s Book Puts Sex in the Mirror
By Boston Journal On Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
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“Three Women,” Reviewed: Lisa Taddeo’s Book Puts Sex in the Mirror

When Lisa Taddeo began researching her first book, “Three Women,” which she conceived as an exploration of “human desire,” she expected to be “drawn to the stories of men.” But, as she travelled the More...

The New Season of “Stranger Things” Shows the Limits of Kids Saving the World
By Boston Journal On Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
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The New Season of “Stranger Things” Shows the Limits of Kids Saving the World

Watching a ragtag group of kids save the day never seems to get old. That’s what the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” the third season of which premièred on July 4th, continues to bet its success on. The More...

Boris Johnson’s “Looking Glass” Brexit
By Boston Journal On Monday, July 8th, 2019
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Boris Johnson’s “Looking Glass” Brexit

Brexit is the great distraction in British politics; it even complicates the reading of spy novels. And yet John le Carré’s “The Looking Glass War,” published in 1965, seems particularly revealing of the More...