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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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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.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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