independence-day

Declaring Independence: All the Different Ways to Live Free

We celebrate our independence every year on Fourth of July. But there are other ways to think about independence besides commemorating the throwing-out of our…

Are Fireworks Undisruptable?

For a 900-year-old technology originally intended to scare away evil spirits, fireworks have had an impressive run. Even now, when practically every industry is subject…

Bébé, You’re a Firework

I woke up on the Fourth of July and opened the window and there was Paris, six stories down, looking like the movies — that’s one of…

Rock Out With Your Red, White and Blue Out

There is plenty of poetry about America in music. This playlist possesses almost none of it. On a day — the Fourth of July — that isn’t much for…

Alien Nation