Issue #61: December/January 2018

Features

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The Photographer

The story of how Anthony Carbajal became a voice of hope for a disease famous for its hopelessness.

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Engineering a More Perfect World

Jacque Fresco spent decades building a life-sized model of his ideal city. The central idea? If we want the Western world to overcome war, avarice, and poverty, all we need to do is redesign the culture.

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A Movement Against the Melting Pot

When it comes to culturally competent elder care, assimilation is not the goal, and everyone is not expected to be the same. Cultural differences are embraced, and fostered.

B is a 32-year-old gay man from Kenya: "At 14 I discovered who I was but I was still confused because I was still young. At the University, in 2007, I discovered that I was not alone, many of my friends were like me but they were in the closet. I shared my personal feelings only with a friend of mine whose name was James. But in general I kept everything in my heart because I was afraid of African culture."

Stories of Forbidden Love

Photographing LGBT citizens in countries where homosexuality is still criminalized.

Culture Pages

Musician and academic Vijay Iyer.

Musician and Professor Vijay Iyer on the Western Canon and the Future of Jazz

We spoke to Vijay Iyer about what he recommends reading, watching, and listening to.

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The Life and Times of the World's Oldest Performing Drag Queen

Walter Cole has spent the past 50 years performing at his club in Portland. During that time he became an icon and leader in the community.

Actor Francisco Reyes, actress Daniela Vega, and film director and screenwriter Sebastian Lelio.

PS Picks: 'A Fantastic Woman' Sets a Fantastic Example for Transgender Casting

PS Picks is a selection of the best things that the magazine's staff and contributors are reading, watching, or otherwise paying attention to in the worlds of art, politics, and culture.

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The Disneyland of Detroit

How an art installation created by a Ukrainian-American auto-plant worker has become a symbol for the hope and heartbreak of immigrants.

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America.

PS Picks: Morgan Jerkins on Intergenerational Trauma in 'This Will Be My Undoing'

PS Picks is a selection of the best things that the magazine's staff and contributors are reading, watching, or otherwise paying attention to in the worlds of art, politics, and culture.

Participants attend the 2018 Pirelli Calendar launch press conference at the Pierre Hotel on November 10th, 2017, in New York City.

PS Picks: The Radical Evolution of the Pirelli Calendar

PS Picks is a selection of the best things that the magazine's staff and contributors are reading, watching, or otherwise paying attention to in the worlds of art, politics, and culture.

Diving Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation.

Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation

Political writer Liza Featherstone uses focus groups as a lens on the past, present, and future of the American project.

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The Hidden World of Police on Steroids

Professor John Hoberman turns his attention to cops.

A photo of Donald Trump, Peter Thiel, and Tim Cook.

The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball

Journalist Noam Cohen's new book argues that Silicon Valley is a social wrecking ball, but is that perspective enough to create change?

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PS Picks: Spike Lee's Promising and Modern Netflix Reboot of 'She's Gotta Have It'

PS Picks is a selection of the best things that the magazine's staff and contributors are reading, watching, or otherwise paying attention to in the worlds of art, politics, and culture.

In 1567, wealthy citizens who could afford to purchase tickets for England's first National Lottery were guaranteed indemnity from arrest for crimes (excepting murder, treason, piracy, and other felonies).

Objects That Matter: 'Get Out of Jail Free' Cards

In 1567, wealthy citizens who could afford to purchase tickets for England's first National Lottery were guaranteed indemnity from arrest for crimes (excepting murder, treason, piracy, and other felonies).

The Fix

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The Turtle Liberation in El Salvador

The Mangrove Association and its allies in El Salvador are showing that conservation works best if it has grassroots organizing behind it.

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The Lucrative Art of Chicken Sexing

The poultry industry's secret weapon? Uniquely skilled workers who can identify a chick's gender in the blink of an eye.

Field Notes

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Letter From San Juan County, New Mexico: A Monster in Navajo Country

A story of mythological birds and a murder near the sacred Shiprock volcano in northwest New Mexico.

Burmese migrant workers peel shrimp at a processing factory in Thailand's Samut Sakhon province.

Field Notes: Migrant Workers in Mahachai, Thailand

Mahachai, Thailand: Burmese migrant workers peel shrimp at a processing factory in Thailand's Samut Sakhon province.

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Letter From Las Vegas, Nevada: Expelling Demons on the Strip

To much of the outside world, gambling is a vice not worthy of mercy: It is a symptom of recklessness, of compulsiveness, of greed. But compulsive gambling is also an addiction—one that affects some three to four million people in the United States alone.

In southern Bangladesh, soil embankments protect rise paddies from the Kapotaksma (left) and Shakbaria (right) rivers during the rainy season, but the heavy storm surges frequently destroy them.

Field Notes: The Soil Embankments of Gazipara, Bangladesh

Gazipara, Bangladesh: In southern Bangladesh, soil embankments protect rise paddies from the Kapotaksma and Shakbaria rivers during the rainy season, but the heavy storm surges frequently destroy them.

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Field Notes: Waiting for Whales in Utqiagvik, Alaska

Utqiagvik, Alaska: High above the Arctic Circle, on a slab of sea ice a mile from shore, an Inupiaq whaling crew watches for a passing bowhead whale under the light of the midnight sun.

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Since We Last Spoke: Polar Bears

Updates to stories from the Pacific Standard archive.

Graduates of Spelman College on May 19th, 2002, in Lithonia, GA.

Self-Affirmation Gets Minority Students on a College Track

While the painful perception of being stigmatized discourages some potential scholars, a simple act of self-affirmation can substantially close such achievement gaps.

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There's a Name for That: Gruen Transfer

A decades old idea argues that shopping is not about the items you sell—it's about the spectacle in which you sell them.

Behind the scenes with Robin Hammond, recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Humanistic Photography and a World Press Photo prize.

Letter From the Editor: One of Us

Introducing Pacific Standard's December 2017 issue.