Wake Up, Election Reformers

Why California’s New Primary System Failed to Draw A Crowd

I like to vote late in the day at my local precinct in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset, a middle-class neighborhood. Those few moments before the polls close give me the chance to savor the spectacle of democracy, with the crowded lines of last-minute voters and their attendant Election Day buzz. The lines were especially long in 2008, and just visiting the polls was electrifying, as voters in my neighborhood felt they were participating in a historic election that would end with the first black man assuming the American presidency.

I …

I See Nude People

The Miracle That Is Oslo's Vigeland Park

Last October, in Oslo, amid rainfall and the first cold breaths of winter, I ventured outdoors to a place I had visited before: Oslo’s Frogner Park, home to a work …