"I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the arguments of my best friends." ~ Pip's Lament "Great Expectations" (Chapter 4, pg. 25)
Loneliness, according to some, is an “epidemic,” a silent killer that doesn’t discriminate on the basis of income, politics or nationality. But according to Amherst College Assistant Professor of English Amelia Worley, loneliness is a relatively new concept. The word was rarely used until the 17th century, and back then described the vulnerability of being separated from friends, families and neighbors. Today, you can be surrounded by these same people but nonetheless feel incredibly alone. So what’s changed?
By contrast, immigration is an issue that has deeply divided Americans, not just along party lines, but also in another important way. University of Montana legal scholar Anthony Johnstone writes that the Trump administration’s recent decision to sue California over its sanctuary laws is the latest evidence of a centuries-old battle between the federal government and state governments.
Financial markets around the world went a bit berserk in February. This echoed an event exactly one decade ago when an obscure corner of Wall Street crashed. Similar problems led to both events. And in both cases, after a brief spell of unease, markets recovered. The 2008 incident, however, turned out to be a proverbial dead canary in a coal mine that foreshadowed the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. This year’s sell-off should be seen as another canary, argue economists Steven Pressman and Robert H. Scott III.
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Edward Hopper’s ‘Office in a Small City’ (1953). Gandalf's Gallery
As more Americans move to cities, developers are transforming once-blighted urban neighborhoods. Makeovers that add parks and other green amenities, but also drive up real estate prices and displace working-class residents, have come to be known as "green gentrification." Geographers Trina Hamilton of the University at Buffalo and Winifred Curran of DePaul University propose a different path that they call "just green enough," which gives equal priority to jobs, equity and the environment.
If you're wearing green today, you probably think you've got a grasp on St. Patrick's life and times – but have you ever heard of Bannavem Taburniae? Or the saint's seriously disturbing run-in with a pagan ship captain? Lisa Bitel of University of Southern California, Dornsife offers 10 lesser-known St. Patrick facts.
Junfeng Jiao, University of Texas at Austin; Chris Bischak, University of Texas at Austin
Even in cities with good public transportation, some areas can be 'transit deserts,' where demand exceeds supply. Living in these zones makes it hard to access good jobs, health care and other services.