Our Favorite Zócalo Essays of 2018

Whether Exploring Iran, Venezuela, or the American South, Our Contributors Zig and Zag Across the World of Ideas

During a tough year, Zócalo’s diverse contributors took on tough questions—puzzling over what it means to be legally dead, contemplating the escapism of television in an imploding Venezuela, exploring the dangers of fashion statements in Tehran, recounting a history-changing lynching, and parsing how humanity might be talking itself into nuclear war.

Picking favorites among the hundreds of essays we publish each year is not easy, in part because of their sheer variety. Grounded in many different ideas and questions, Zócalo essays zig and zag across time, place, topic, and format. 

The essays …

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From Treason to Gandhi to Empathetic Robots, Our Contributors Make Sense of a World in Flux

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