Chronicles Magazine June 2015

Detroit: From Under the Rubble

Two weeks before Apple began selling its new Apple Watch, Shinola Detroit took out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal. Above a large photo of its analog watch, The Runwell, was the tag, “The Watch That’s Too Smart to Try and Be a Phone.”

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  • REVIEWS

    Manual Control

    Russian political analyst Vladimir Pastukhov once wrote that state power, or vlast, and not law “holds a sacred status in Russia.” Russians, according to Pastukhov, experience state power as a “mystical entity,” a “life giving substance,” a...

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  • REVIEWS

    Blessed Be the Passionate

    The object of passion might be well-nigh anything at all, so long of course as it is not vicious: stamp collecting or field hockey, cabinetry or the Civil War, boxing or bell ringing; in one case known to me personally, the hand-manufacture of...

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  • European Diary

    Mnemosyne’s Tricks

    Writers incline to solipsism, and I’m no exception. To write is to presume that your words matter to others, and this places you at the center of the universe you’re describing, with its sun, its Earth—to say nothing of the small potatoes of...

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  • UNDER THE BLACK FLAG

    Code Yellow

    Talk about the failure of fundamental journalism! In any other profession—medical, legal, financial—the guilty party would be struck off. In journalism, the guilty party—as in Rolling Stone—continues on its merry way of disinformation...

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Hearts and Minds

    Clyde Wilson’s View in the April issue was excellent. A New England “Yankee” and a Bunyanesque Calvinist at that, I attended school in South Carolina back in the 60’s and hated every second of it.

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  • Polemics & Exchanges

    Print the Wrong Legend

    The two takes on American Sniper in the April issue (Wayne Allensworth’s “An American Tragedy,” Correspondence; George McCartney’s “Hopalong Rides the Iraqi Range,” In the Dark) were both great reads.

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