Commentary

Walter Christaller’s bloomin’ onions

Last week, Twitter took notice that Outback Steakhouse seemed to be planning to cover the United States in an occult pattern of pentangles: Wtf is Outback Steakhouse planning pic.twitter.com/l1CSafkdOK — balenci-who? aga ☭ (@eatmyaesthetics) July 27, 2017 From Arizona to … Continue reading

Buy it here

On Dorchester Ave in South Boston yesterday, we drove beneath a billboard for Bark Thins chocolate. Bark Thins is a brand owned by the Hershey Company of Pennsylvania; the billboard was owned by Clear Channel of San Antonio, Texas; and … Continue reading

Gerrymandering and the whole community

The US Supreme Court’s decision to hear the Gill v. Whitford gerrymandering case is raising hopes that the judicial system will reign in the worst abuses of partisan electoral districting. Academics are partly to thank for the success of the … Continue reading

Enemies far and near

It’s now increasingly clear that the US president has a cozy relationship with the Russian state—a relationship that is at best incautious, at worst sinister. This has understandably whipped the country into another round of political bloodletting. Can it really … Continue reading

Collegial elections

Election Day is widely believed to have been a month and a half ago, but in fact Election Day is today: the day that those mysterious decisionmakers, the Electors, gather in their College to formally decide who will be the … Continue reading