Everyone knows that shaving razors are a ripoff, with vastly overpriced blade systems being all one can easily find in stores. Malcolm Harris writes that the practice is not only sleazy, but a direct betrayal of the industry's founder, King Camp Gillette. Gillette was a starry-eyed utopian socialist. Show More Summary
TRUE! Yes, Computers Have Improved. No, Communism Hasn’t. At the New Republic, Malcolm Harris asks an interesting question: Was the Soviet Union’s problem that Communism can never work? Or did the Soviets just need a lot more MacBook Airs? Actually, Harris is channeling Paul Mason, the author of the book he is reviewing, and unfortunately, […]
A conspiracy theorist convinced a Las Vegas TV station to look into chemtrails for an investigative report, which aired during February sweeps month. Malcolm Harris showed some photographs he took to KLAS-TV that showed what he believes are chemtrails – manmade formations that some suspect are...
Nate Silver's new data journalism venture FiveThirtyEight isn't even a month old, but it's already in the throes of a good old-fashioned backlash. A sampling of the criticism: New Inquiry editor Malcolm Harris writes that Silver's data-explains-everything approach lacks "self-awareness". Show More Summary
That’s right. Though this headline is far clearer than Salon’s lengthy post making this case. In fact, Salon’s Malcolm Harris could have saved himself nearly 1,700 words in the effort to paint AMC’s Breaking Bad as racist if he had just burst out of the gate with less subtly and more white-hot passionate outrage. Show More Summary
I was immediately attracted to her fairyesque style and charming demeanor. I don't know what made me actually start talking to her, but all I now remember is her self-affirming introduction, 'My name is Elizabeth and I am an artist....
by Brendan James Dylan Matthews fact-checks the show’s portrayal of the meth game: One of the most convincing critiques of the show I’ve read came from The New Inquiry’s Malcolm Harris, who argued that the show’s obsession with highly pure method — supposedly Walt’s calling card, and the thing that got Gus interested in buying his wares […]
Malcolm Harris is skeptical about programs like Shakespeare Behind Bars: The syllogism goes like this: If Shakespeare speaks to universal humanity, and Shakespeare speaks to a prisoner, then the prisoner is human after all. The non-incarcerated can rest easier knowing bad guys get rehabilitated and punished. But this instruction isn’t just a performance for viewers […]
Malcolm Harris on Shakespeare in prison. The whole essay is excellent, but I was especially taken with two paragraphs, one from Brecht and one from Harris.Brecht:Shakespeare pushes the great individuals out of their human relationships...Show More Summary
Malcolm Harris remains unsatisfied by the administration’s latest effort to address the rising student debt crisis: President Obama, Senator Warren (D-MA), and Congressional Republicans have offered different plans that tinker with rates and/or tie them to the Treasury’s borrowing costs. Show More Summary
On perhaps the most beautiful evening of the spring season so far in New York City, the Whitney Museum joined forces with the iconic luxury brand MaxMara and threw an Art Prom (Party) for 1,000 of their closest friends, artists and up-starts.
This weekend we're reading Malcolm Harris' "So You Want to Be a #Longreads Superstar," Caitlin Jones' "Conceptual Blind Spots", and B. Wurtz's "History Works".
Last week, I attended a press preview for the latest offering of Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and his co-curator, Christine Messineo, via a photo that simply read Merci-Mercy.
Out of my civic duty and as a soldier on the front line of fashion, I have ventured into the scary world of hats in hopes of easing the seasonal anxiety of my fellow man.
Malcolm Harris has been waging a big fight over a pretty small charge stemming from his arrest in an Occupy Wall Street protest on the Brooklyn Bridge in October 2011, but on Wednesday he finally surrendered. Harris agreed to plead guilty, his lawyer told Reuters, thereby keeping secret a series ... More »
Malcolm Harris reviews James C. Scott's Two Cheers for Anarchism. Harris explains the problem with turning "insurrectionary politics" into "a self-help strategy, a personal faith that promises a freer and more productive life": It’s a long-standing premise of American politics...
As a true lover of authentic vintage, with a strong dislike for down market designer/retail chain collaborations, Byronesque.com is a welcomed relief to the subpar design hamster wheel the fashion industry has become over the past decade.
While some of the elements of the art opening haven't changed, what appears to separate Mr. Restoin-Roitfeld from the past, and even the present, may be his seemingly effortless marketing strategy and business model execution.
Too many books and not enough storage? Shareable's Malcolm Harris ran into that problem after moving into a small apartment. With budget concerns in mind, Malcolm solved the storage issue with a few bed slats and cheap ($1!) brackets from Ikea. Here's how he did it. More »
Malcolm Harris considers the drug trade as depicted on Breaking Bad: Big Pharma brings in a $250 billion annually in the U.S. alone, much of it from the same chemical compounds in White’s lab. When it’s 89 percent pure, it’s...