More smartphones = fewer homicides

A criminologist attributes the decline of homicides in major cities to the proliferation of smartphones: Just as mobile technology has transformed ordinary commerce, it has revolutionized illicit markets, too, making...

The secrets of Daniel Ellsberg's father

Daniel Ellsberg is back in the news with the release of the movie “The Post” and his memoir “The Doomsday Machine.” In a review of the latter, Thomas Powers relates...

On walking

I like walking, so this passage from Rebecca Solnit’s 2014 essay on Virginia Woolf resonates with me: The shell of home is a prison of sorts, as much as a...

Environmental advocates grasp at straws

It often pays to trace a statistical claim to its source. Christian Britschgi at Reason did that with the claim that Americans use 500 million straws a day. That number...

An unflattering review of New Testament writing

The scholar and writer David Bentley Hart has produced his own translation of the New Testament, one that his publisher, Yale University Press, said was done “‘in the spirit of...