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John Gravois

John Gravois
John Gravois is Pacific Standard's deputy editor.

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A Toast Story

How did toast become the latest artisanal food craze? Ask a trivial question, get a profound, heartbreaking answer.

 

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The Shoppers of Babel

Inside the most lucrative and perhaps most sophisticated duty-free shop on Earth.

 

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The Last Word on ‘Accidental Racist': Brad Paisley Probably Isn’t Talking to You

The country megastar’s critics are misreading him—badly.

 

Hurricane Sandy and the Presidential Election

What an incumbent has to gain—and lose—from a natural disaster

 

Cilantro Hatred Explained by Modern Science

 

The Buffalo Massacre Spinoff Economy

First hides, then meat, then bones, then nostalgia

 

Silicon Valley’s Siege of Higher Ed

 

The Oy of Cooking

 

Who Will Cry for the Campus Bookstore?

 

Bowling Alone at the Supreme Court

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Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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