Why the Notre Dame Fire Is a Loss of Collective Memory
An art historian and theorist explains how places become invested with cultural meaning and memory, and what happens when we lose them.
Viewfinder: A Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15th, 2019.
Viewfinder: Surveying the Damage of the 'Yellow Vest' Protests in France
Police look at a burnt car in Paris, France, on December 9th, 2018—one day after "yellow vest" protests rocked the country.
Americans Are Distinguishing Between Muslims and Terrorists
New research finds overall feelings toward the religious minority did not dampen in the aftermath of two major terrorist attacks.
PS Picks: 'Personal Shopper' and Stories of and for the Lonely
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.
The Week in Photos: From a Naturalization Ceremony in California to a Scorching Summer Day Near Paris
A round-up of images from Viewfinder, Pacific Standard's daily photo feature.
Meet the Country That’s Making Carbon Reduction Look Easy
The tiny South Asian kingdom of Bhutan absorbs three times as much carbon as it emits.
The First Week at COP21: Competing Realities in Paris
The climate summit emerges from a rocky week with a new text. Negotiations have been transparent and equitable—or maybe opaque and grossly unbalanced. Welcome to the COP-Spin Zone.
The Weekend of Worldwide Climate Marches in 10 Photos
From New York to New Delhi, citizens and activists gathered in astonishing numbers at more than 2,000 events around the globe.
What Is Happening in Paris, and What Do All These Acronyms Mean?
At COP21, the UNFCCC will take the findings of the IPCC, assess the INDCs of 195 signatory countries, and help LDCs limit their GHGs. Here is what all of that means.
Where's the Evidence That Mass Surveillance Actually Works?
Officials are again pointing to the need for mass surveillance to take down terrorists. Here’s what we know about how well it works.
How Will the Paris Attacks Shift Russia's Role on the World Stage?
In committing to an expanded front against ISIS, France risks having the most to lose, while Russia has the most to gain.