The latest from Cognoscenti
The U.S. Women's fight for pay equity is the latest battle in a never-ending war to prove that women are good enough, writes Cloe Axelson.
During his career with Sports Illustrated, E.M. Swift covered 15 Olympic Games. Most of the pleasantries of years past won't be present in Tokyo this summer, he writes.
The balloonist Brian Boland, 72, died in an accident last week. The world will miss his jubilant take on self expression, writes Rich Barlow.
Millions of Americans are refusing to accept a free, life-saving vaccine at the behest of various political and media demagogues, writes Steve Almond. Our fanatical loyalty to free speech is...
If we want to rebound from the trauma of the pandemic, writes Dr. Donna Housman, we must build a system that addresses the emotional competencies of young children, and supports...
We’re not going to forget what we’ve been through, writes psychiatrist Adam Stern. Instead, our narratives will become part of us.
The real innovation we need is not a business plan for space tourism, writes Abby Maxman, it is a fair tax system to curb inequality and invest in the health,...
What keeps me up at night isn’t an externally generated noise, writes Julie Wittes Schlack. It’s hyper-vigilance, a condition generated by Twitter and Trump and made worse by the pandemic.
Hyper-local zoning decisions have drawn the attention of the highest official in the land, writes Rich Barlow.
Immigration is about leaving home and daring to hope, writes Aube Rey Lescure. I walk because I can. I walk for those who don't have a choice.
My father’s death was just one more strange, ungraspable thing among thousands of others, writes Jane Roper.
The fiasco that ensnared Hannah-Jones is "old and ongoing," writes Kellie Carter Jackson. The number of Black women in tenured positions remains disproportionately low.
I'm coming to terms with what it means to become an American, writes Jehane Sedky.
Our contentious debate over the definition of “infrastructure” is about to heat up, literally. It appears we must add air conditioning to the mix, writes Rich Barlow.
Over 40% of Americans gained weight during the pandemic. I’m one of them, writes Shalene Gupta, and here’s a dirty little secret -- I’m okay with it.
We should ensure that the freedom of access to Walden is restored, writes Miles Howard. Better yet, we must enshrine access to swimming as a right for everyone.
How much can #MeToo accomplish given the entrenched power of patriarchy? asks Leigh Gilmore.
The media’s attention to climate change has risen over the last decade. But acceptance of the facts is not growing equally across the political spectrum, writes Frederick Hewett.
Judy Bolton-Fasman thinks about her father a lot on July Fourth, a holiday he loved. Lately, she wonders whether his uncomplicated version of this country’s ideals holds up.
After publishing in the pandemic, novelist Heidi Pitlor often found herself sharing anxieties -- and reassurance -- with other moms while on virtual book tour. She writes, more than anything...