In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.
There's a name for that: the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
A homecoming in Red Cloud, Nebraska.
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.
Trying to lose weight? The color of your crockery could make all the difference.
Exploring subculture in America.
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? Ask a trivial question, get a profound, heartbreaking answer.
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?
Letters and other responses to stories from the November/December print issue of Pacific Standard.
Meet some of the people behind the January/February 2014 issue of Pacific Standard.
Updates to past Pacific Standard print stories.
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.
From Managing Popular Culture? to Social Media in the Pharmaceutical Industry, academic gatherings you should be aware of.