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WATCH: Nate Silver answers his critics on The Daily Show

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

Quoted: Malcolm Harris on Race In Breaking Bad

Demographically, the viewers AMC wants are more likely to do a lot of pills than unscrew a light bulb to smoke some ice, even if the substances are chemically similar. There are plenty of expert scientists making tons of money cooking up and selling amphetamines, but they’re not robbing trains or toting guns. Big Pharma brings in a $250 billion …

Salon: Breaking Bad is Racist

last yearNews : Mediaite

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

Malcolm Harris: Women in Art: Elizabeth 'Fairy' Rathbone

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....

What Breaking Bad Gets Wrong

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 […]

Shakespeare In Prison

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 […]

Cuffs, bars, guns, and Shakespeare

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

The Great White Loanshark?

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

Malcolm Harris: The Whitney Museum and MaxMara Throw an Art Prom: In a good way

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.

Weekend #longreads: Making Connections

2 years agoArts : Art Fag City

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".

Malcolm Harris: RUN to Merci-Mercy: Presented by Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld and Christine Messineo

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.

Malcolm Harris: Men's Style: Finding the Perfect Winter Hat

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.

Occupy Wall Street protester's tweets finally come out in court

Despite pleading guilty in an attempt to keep his deleted tweets private, OWS protestor Malcolm Harris's tweets were read in court Wednesday.

OWS protester pleads guilty to keep his tweets private

Malcolm Harris was arrested in October 2011 as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched on the Brooklyn Bridge. His lawyer said he plans to plead guilty to a disorderly conduct charge.

Malcolm Harris, Occupy's Twitter Resister, Will Plead Guilty

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 »

Anarchy Light

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...

Malcolm Harris: Byronesque: The New Standard in Vintage

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.

Malcolm Harris: Congratulations! Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian Have a New Bundle of Joy: Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld

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.

Make an Affordable Bookshelf with Bed Slats and Ikea Brackets [DIY]

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 »

America's Favorite Meth Cooker

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...

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