“Under Coronavirus Lockdown, a Paris Without People-Watching,” The New Yorker, April 14, 2020
A video of the unnaturally quiet streets of Paris shows how the city is adapting to life with social distancing.
“A View of Milan Under Quarantine,” The New Yorker, March 31, 2020
Since the Italian government ordered a lockdown of the northern regions, more than three weeks ago, which soon expanded to the rest of the country, Milan has been transformed, its normally teeming streets and piazze deserted.
“The Wistful Yet Energizing Dance Music of RÜFÜS DU SOL,” The New Yorker, March 18, 2019
On the trio’s third album, “Solace,” its sound has become heavier, deeper, and even more alluring.
“‘The Seventh Cross,’ A Wrenching Novel About the Third Reich,” The New Yorker, August 6, 2018
In this story of the heart-pounding escape of seven political prisoners from a fictional concentration camp, Anna Seghers demonstrates how some find the courage to do what is moral, even when it isn’t lawful.
“The Brain-Tingling Sounds of ASMR,” The New Yorker, May 31, 2018
The shushing sound of voices whispering, or clothes rustling—and then a tingling feeling begins on the scalp, and spreads down into the neck, shoulders, and limbs, and along with it comes a state of calm, or even euphoria. This is how people who experience autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR, describe the peculiar phenomenon.
“The Sombre Thrills of ‘Babylon Berlin’,” The New Yorker, May 21, 2018
The German TV series portrays the twilight of the Weimar Republic as a spectacle of contrasts, where cosmopolitanism exists alongside outright bigotry and citizens cling either to a tenuous status quo or to dreams of revolution.
“No Truth in News, and No News in Truth,” Latterly, spring 2017 issue, April 25, 2017
Inside the Kremlin’s propaganda playbook, where “nothing is true and everything is possible.” But from Moscow to Washington, there’s still a way to fight back.
“So What About ‘Whataboutism’?” Latterly, February 6, 2017
President Donald Trump, in a recent interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, strikingly deployed the rhetorical strategy of “whataboutism” so often used by the Kremlin to deflect criticism and create uncertainty.
“Is America Shifting on Arming Saudi Arabia?” Pacific Standard, December 15, 2016
Is the American government’s conscience catching up to its arms-supply deals? And will that continue under President Trump?
“Russian Interest in Syria Doesn’t Extend to Syrian Refugees,” Latterly, December 14, 2016
Moscow is willing to go to war, but less willing to offer humanitarian support—including for those Syrians who flee to Russia.
“How Will JASTA Affect America’s Relationship With Saudi Arabia?” Pacific Standard, September 30, 2016
The first veto override of the Obama presidency indicates that Congress is willing to challenge the White House over our alliance with Saudi Arabia. But how much will really change?
“Will Syria Be a New Ukraine?” Pacific Standard, February 25, 2016
By keeping the conflict at a manageable, simmering level, Russia keeps its influential seat at the negotiating table.
“America’s Saudi Liability,” Pacific Standard, January 11, 2016
Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr demonstrates that Riyadh is able to act with growing impunity in the Middle East. It also signals a potentially dangerous shift in American-Saudi relations.
“How Will the Paris Attacks Shift Russia’s Role on the World Stage?” Pacific Standard, November 20, 2015
With the prospect of France cooperating more generally with its broader Syria campaign, Russia now stands to gain the implicit credibility and validation of a Western partner in its efforts.