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Czech Republic: Medieval places at tourist paces

This post is part of a series about my trip to Europe in the summer of 2014. See the full itinerary. Since the fall of the iron curtain, tourists worldwide have streamed in to Prague to view lovely medieval edifices, drink pilsner, and appreciate Art Nouveau and Cubism. The historical political center of the extinct Kingdom of Bohemia lies in… Read more →

South Australia and DC

South Australia resembles the District of Columbia

I recently spotted a friend wearing a shirt with the phrase “Heaps Good” superimposed over the state of South Australia. What caught my eye is that the state looks remarkably like the District of Columbia in the United States. In fact, if you scale down and rotate South Australia by 45°, it’s hard to tell the two jurisdictions apart. One… Read more →

U.S. Supreme Court

This place still matters

I biked to the U.S. Supreme Court on April 28 to observe the crowd outside. The justices had just heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case to decide if state bans on same-sex marriage violate the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. Whatever the court decides, it will be a landmark ruling. The Supreme… Read more →


Michael Graves and Postmodern DC

I arrived at the Federal court in DC at 8:30 only to learn that my jury duty had been cancelled at the last minute— the parties settled Sunday night. As a consolation for waking up early, I got to walk through the William Bryant Annex, designed by the late Michael Graves and finished in 2005. Graves, who died last month,… Read more →