Lawrence Weschler

Lawrence Weschler

Writing for PS since 2001
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Lawrence Weschler, director emeritus of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU, is the author of over twenty books, including The Passion of PolandA Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with TorturersCalamities of Exile, and a forthcoming biographical memoir of neurologist Oliver Sacks.

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  1. Who Owns History?
    Henry Taylor, "The Times Thay Aint a Changing Fast Enough!" and Dana Schutz, "Open Casket" Left: Henry Taylor, “The Times Thay Aint a Changing Fast Enough!” (2016); Right: Dana Schutz, “Open Casket” (2017); courtesy of the Whitney Museum

    Who Owns History?

    Apr 21, 2017 Lawrence Weschler takes sides in the incendiary debate that erupted at this year’s Whitney Biennial over a white artist’s depiction of the murdered teenager Emmett Till.

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    The Experts We Need

    Andrés Velasco

    Policy gurus spend too much time with others like them – top civil servants, high-flying journalists, successful businesspeople – and too little time with ordinary voters. If they could become “humble, competent people on a level with dentists,” as John Maynard Keynes once suggested, voters might identify with them and find them trustworthy.

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    Don’t Feed the Donald

    Shlomo Ben-Ami

    For Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, appeasing US President Donald Trump is not so much a choice as a necessity: he must prove to Japan’s people and their neighbors, particularly the Chinese, that he knows how to keep Trump on his side. But Abe's strategy won't work with a US administration as fickle and self-serving as Trump’s.

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