In the Picture: Recession-Proof Industry, Barbicide, and Hair Loss
In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.
Why People Have So Much Trouble Recognizing Their Own Incompetence
There's a name for that: the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
Prairie Home Companions: A Homecoming in Red Cloud, Nebraska
A homecoming in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
Inconclusive Results: Obama's Not-So-Big Data
After the last presidential election, wide-eyed pundits hailed a brave new era of political campaigning, crediting Obama's victory to his team's wizardry with data. The hype was premature. Here's what the story of 2012 really means for the future of politics.
Forget the Blue Plate Special: I'll Have the Red Plate Dieter's Meal
Trying to lose weight? The color of your crockery could make all the difference.
Is There a Global Effort to Eradicate Deaf People and Sign Languages?
Exploring subculture in America.
The Goofy Origins and Dismal Track Record of Economic Forecasting
In Fortune Tellers, Walter Friedman shows not only where our contemporary forecasting ecosystem came from, but also its considerable influence on present-day economic thought and practice.
How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze?
How did toast become the latest artisanal food craze? Ask a trivial question, get a profound, heartbreaking answer.
How Organized Minorities Defeat Disorganized Majorities
The whole idea of a democracy is that the majority is generally supposed to get its way. But time and again, it’s not the majority but a potent minority that drives—or prevents—progress.
Is Quantitative Analysis the Secret to Understanding Culture?
Is quantitative analysis the secret to understanding culture?
Social Networking: Responses to Our November/December Print Issue
Letters and other responses to stories from the November/December print issue of Pacific Standard.
Contributors: Writers for the January/February 2014 Pacific Standard
Meet some of the people behind the January/February 2014 issue of Pacific Standard.
Superhero Love and Increasing Social Security Payouts
Updates to past Pacific Standard print stories.
The Quest to Improve America's Financial Literacy Is a Failure
Financial literacy promotion may sound perfectly sensible—who wouldn’t want to teach children and adults the secrets of managing money?—but in the face of recent research it looks increasingly like a faith-based initiative.
3 Conferences Happening in January and February Worth Attending
From Managing Popular Culture? to Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry, academic gatherings you should be aware of.