The Irving Howe crowd, the whole Dissent masthead
I loved the writing in the bee piece, and I learned a fair amount, but agree that it lacked something--as you said, the conventional beekeeping side wasn’t explained in a way that made me doubt which group was doing the right thing, although the quote about the canary in the coal mine did get at the idea that maybe we shouldn’t be interfering at all, which feels the most true. I think I just wanted more of it, in the end--more weird beekeepers, more about the environmental effects, more about conventional beekeeping, more about what it means that apis mellifera are replacing native bee populations. But what was there I enjoyed!
I really enjoyed your interview, and have added the podcast to my list, he's a smart guy, a good interviewer.
Weak issue in my opinion. If I was a Werner Herzog fan that might have been a must-read, but I'm not. That bees one was fine but not a must-read. I did like the Staten Island Talk of the Town.
I usually like Lane but several of his jokes fell especially flat in this review. And I can see how the gentrification piece resonated with others but is not really a topic I care about it.
I'm imagining your local Dunkin Donuts store. That's my entire take out from this issue. 😁