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Slush Pile

Essays by

Jake Bittle


Hudson Yards

The Hudson Yards development in New York City, which opens to the public this month, is the largest private real-estate project in the history of […]

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The following is a collection of statements published in the New York Times about Robert S. Mueller, from 2001 to today.

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Pure Madness

It took me weeks of wandering through fields of garbage and government-issued apartment blocks to discover what anyone who has ever sought “Joyce’s Dublin” or “Dickens’s London” will quickly discover: authors—especially dead authors—make poor tour guides.

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Fear and Loathing

I attended Donald Trump’s failed rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a mole, hoping I could slip in unnoticed among his thousands of supporters and get a look at the inner workings of a movement whose size and intensity has become a source of international fascination.

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Good Country People

If there is one thing Northerners think they understand, it’s the South. The temptation, at least as old as Aesop’s “The Town Mouse and the […]

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Paper Chasing

In Henry James’s novel The Portrait of a Lady, a hapless suitor named Ned Rosier courts the innocent Pansy Osmond. Rosier is best known as […]

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