J.K. Trotter
  • D.C. Thinkfluencers Debate Beltway Restaurant Scene

    Two of Washington's most prominent economics columnists spent Friday debating an issue that affects all Americans: whether the Beltway's collection of expensive restaurants truly caters to the appetites of the town's cognitive elite.

  • New Yorkers Have Already Pedaled 1.28 Million Miles on Citi Bikes

    It's been an entire month since a hellacious swarm of extremely blue bikes, designed for the long-awaited Citi Bike program, descended on Manhattan and southwest Brooklyn — since which New Yorkers have biked the perimeter of Manhattan 70,445 times.

  • Five Best Friday Columns

    Brittney Cooper on Rachel Jeantel, Tricia Rose on the fall of Paula Deen, Michael Calderone on the NSA's sudden availability, Roger Cohen on Edward Snowden's place in history, and Amy Davidson on how to defend marriage.

  • Five Best Thursday Columns

    Peter Fulham on the wait for justice, Frank Bruni on the power of the Supreme Court, Irin Carmon on the Democratic Party's abortion platform, Sadhbh Walshe on Texas's death row, and Jelani Cobb on the rise and fall of racial progress.

  • How Pundits Reacted to the Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Rulings

    Among those who had closely followed the twists and turns of the legal case for gay marriage — in other words, the pundit class of Washington, D.C. and New York — reaction spanned the gamut of emotion: elation, relief, conviction, surprise, even peace. Of course, many were simply unfazed. And a few were resigned. Here's a guide to what they're saying.

  • Five Best Wednesday Columns

    Andrew Sullivan on the Defense of Marriage Act, Ian Crouch on the arrest of Aaron Hernandez, Jodi Jacobson on Wendy Davis's marathon filibuster, Gary Younge on the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision, and Curt Anderson on the defeat of Gabriel Gomez.

  • Why We Forgive Misspelled Emails if They're 'Sent From My iPhone'

    The iPhone's stock signature, at first deemed a louche emblem of status, is now a a built-in forgiveness clause. Please don't judge me for any typos or spelling errors, "Sent from my iPhone" suggests. I am very busy.

  • Why Isn't the Right More Fired Up About the Court's Big Blow to Voting Rights?

    Undoing Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act has fixated factions of America's right-wing political coalition for years, but on Tuesday, faced with a Supreme Court decision at once sort of agreeing with and still sort of stumping them, conservative pundits drifted to the margins of the ensuing conversation.

  • Five Best Tuesday Columns

    Brentin Mock on the future of the Voting Rights Act, Kat Stoeffel on the fate of seduction artist Ken Hoinsky, John McWhorter on the fall of Paula Deen, Bill Bradley on the proliferation of private transportation, and Jelani Cobb on Edward Snowden's global adventure.

  • Tracy Flick Has Nothing on Stuyvesant's Elite NYC Student Government Scandal

    It's not easy being a Stuy kid. In recent years, students at Stuyvesant High School, the crown jewel of New York City's Specialized High Schools, have been grabbed national attention for cheating, recording racist rap videos, and organizing an event called "Slutty Wednesday." The latest controversy to befall the elite public school is a bit less flashy — it's politics as usual.

  • Five Best Monday Columns

    Erik Wemple on Glenn Greenwald's journalism, Evgeny Morozov on the epistemology of big data, Massimo Calabresi on the legal status of Edward Snowden, Heather Havrilesky on Don Draper's self-knowledge, and Enrique Acevedo on protecting the U.S. border.

  • Can Modern Poetry Be Saved?

    The world of poetry is facing an insurrection. On Friday, the July issue of Harper's delivered a lengthy essay concerning the "decline of American verse" — the flagging ambition, that is, of our nation's most decorated poets.

  • White House Press Secretary Hasn't Known the Answer 1,905 Times

    Jay Carney — former Time reporter, current White House Press Secretary, and weekly punching bag — has spoken for President Obama and his staff during the most fraught period of Obama's presidency. Here are the painful results.

  • How to Spy on a Blind Chinese Dissident with an iPad

    The already-bizarre saga of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng is approaching the plot of pulpy spy novel. Chen, who faces imminent departure from NYU after completing a year-long fellowship, was allegedly spied on using an iPad that was given to him as a gift upon arriving at the school.

  • Five Best Friday Columns

    Gary Younge on Obama's Bush conundrum, Timothy Noah on the value of unpaid internships, Jamelle Bouie on the GOP's reformist movement, Roxane Gay on Paula Deen's charged testimony, and Christine Rosen on the ethics of big data.

  • The Black Market for Cronuts Is Now Creating Poorly Paid Part-Time Jobs

    Cronut capitalists — "industrious entrepreneurs who see plenty of dough to be made," as the New York Post describes them — have moved on to the much-hyped hybrid pastry waiting line straight from another one: the unemployment line. And it doesn't add up to much.

  • Five Best Thursday Columns

    Michael Moynihan on the road to 1984David Remnick on James Gandolfini's iconic role, Maria Arana on the new Pope's arrival in Brazil, Natasha Kumar Warikoo on the role of affirmative action, and Nick Hanauer on hiking the minimum wage.

  • Gabriel Gomez and the Impossible GOP Embrace

    The Massachusetts Senate candidate is both the Republican Party's hope of the moment and supremely disadvantaged against his opponent. This has made him something of a novel figure among his party's national leaders ahead of Tuesday's special election. Like so.

  • Five Best Wednesday Columns

    Ben Smith on the legacy of Michael Hastings, Fergus Cullen on America's reliance on the sports-star immigration dilemma, Hadley Freeman on the domestic disturbance of Nigella Lawson, Margaret Carlson on Hillary Clinton's 2016 strategy, and Deena Shanker on the feminism of country music.

  • Why Is NYU Helping Faculty Buy Vacation Homes?

    It's an awkward moment to be a professor at New York University — especially if your employer subsidizes luxury housing for you and your spouse.