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Contributor Archives: Constance Hale

The Conciliator

Larissa MacFarquhar’s “The Conciliator” rises above other narratives appearing this primary season, much as its subject later rose to surprise Hillary Clinton, among other seasoned politicos. Amid the breaking-news accounts of state contests and he-said, she-said debates, MacFarquhar’s deeply reported New Yorker profile of Barack Obama offers both psychological insight and historical analysis. And, nearly [...]

Grandmasters in Guayaberas

Occasionally a story strikes our fancy because of the sheer surprise of the subject. And so we were smitten by “Grandmasters in Guayaberas,” Josh Schonwald’s piece in the Miami New Times, about four unlikely chess champs. Rodelay Medina, Renier Gonzalez, Charles Galofre, and Alberto Hernandez learned to love the game as youths in Cuba, but [...]