Meet a Mad Scientist Who Flies Into Hurricanes

The anticipation of a hurricane is excruciating. Born in a hurricane nursery (actual term) off the coast of Africa, a storm marches across the Atlantic, growing stronger while forecasters watch anxiously. If those forecasters don’t call it right, if they don’t nail down where the hurricane might make landfall and with what degree of intensity,…

The Day After 9/11

For 18 years, I’ve believed that only immediate mourners—and those who came close to losing their own lives—should be allowed to talk about 9/11.This conviction started with good intentions. I wanted the story to belong to those who had truly suffered.But over the years too many others appear to have made the same resolution. Now…

Depth of Field: The Shared Memory of One World Trade Center

New York is a city of columns. Architecturally, at least, the cityscape gives that impression. Buildings of varying scale, color, physical shape, density, and panache decorate the skyline with a seeming vertical imperviousness. In fact, one could even stipulate that these buildings are working toward a kind of alloyed beauty. “Despair and resilience are recurring…

How to Watch Tonight’s Democratic Primary Debate

Hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing August break because September is here, and so too is yet another Democratic presidential primary debate. The party’s 10 leading candidates are set to gather in Houston tonight for the third Democratic debate of the 2020 election cycle. And unlike the previous multinight, 20-person speed-dating extravaganzas, this time’s a one-night-only…