Culture


Let America Hope Again

Attendees of the Presidential Inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington share their hopes and plans of action for the next four years.


Using Dostoyevsky to Understand Vladimir Putin’s Aggression

Dostoyevsky’s concept of the “Russian Soul” sheds light on Putin’s politics in dealing with the Crimea and Russia’s eastern neighbors.


From Exercise to Entertainment: The Cult of SoulCycle

SoulCycle has quickly become one of America’s most talked-about fitness brands, but not without a fair share of star-spangled controversy.


The Power of Brands

Time Inc.’s ability to create a multitude of iconic media brands is what gave it the leverage to reject a $1.8 billion buyout bid.


The Icelandic Flex

The tale of Grettir the Strong remains one of the most widely known stories in the arctic nation, yet children no longer need to aspire to be as strong as a character from a 14th century saga.


Bill O’Reilly, The Daily Show, and Cultural Sensitivity in Comedy

Creating a comedy segment with the framework of “white/Christian person talks to members of a minority group to learn more about their culture” is not flat-out impossible, nor is it doomed to be offensive and unfunny.