A Pandemic is Not a War (and Other Consequences of Male Inferiority)
On the Sad and Stupid Men Who’re Making Things Worse.
Literary Hub, April 6, 2020
A Forest of Ancient Trees, Poisoned by Rising Seas
We’re entering an age of loss disguised as plenty.
The New York Times, December 27, 2018
A Gun To Our Heads
Humanity in light of ecological catastrophe.
Public Books, October 31, 2018
Translating This Broken World: How to Tell Refugee’s Story
Valeria Luiselli and Mark Lyons reveal the human details of our inhumanity.
Literary Hub, April 26, 2017
The Trickle Down Effect of Post-Truth and Lies
With Trump, a tyranny of falsehood is coming to America.
Literary Hub, November 18, 2016
Two Old Socialists: Henry Roth Meets Bernie Sanders
A 1976 interview between Henry Roth and a communist friend sheds light on the 2016 presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders.
Tablet Magazine, May 19, 2016
The Uses of Nature
Three newly published novels, by Cynan Jones, Jean Giono, and Antonio Moresco and E.O. Wilson’s latest Half Earth help Popkin meditate on the place of nature in our lives.
Cleaver Magazine, April 19, 2016
At Trump Rallies, Echoes of Jacksonian Era Violence
In the 1820s and 1830s, Andrew Jackson, like Donald Trump today, deputized his followers to commit violence against minorities.
Philadelphia Inquirer, March 21, 2016
In this first-person essay, Popkin calls on Homero Aridjis’s The Child Poet to confront a childhood locked away.
Cleaver Magazine, February 22, 2016
Respecting the Layers of Urban History
Immigrant and working class buildings are rarely protected by landmark law, yet they matter to the experience of the city.
How can we protect them?
Forum Journal of the National Trust, October 15, 2015
In pathbreaking works of poetry and prose, Edward Hirsch and David Grossman face the abyss in the loss of their sons.
Cleaver Magazine, January 13, 2015
Monumental Shift at Dilworth Park
Olin’s design for Dilworth Park gives Philadelphia what it has long needed: a suitably grand approach to the monumental City Hall.
Hidden City Daily, October 24, 2014
A Tale of Two Cities
The urban settings of Naples and Istanbul play profound roles in the novels of Orhan Pamuk and Elena Ferrante.
The Smart Set, September 22, 2014
Giacomo Leopardi, author of the journal Zibaldone, called on the poetry of the Ancient Greeks just as American builders became obsessed by the Greek Revival.
The Smart Set, December 27, 2013
A Wilde Fashion
Oscar Wilde’s lost journalism, much of it on fashion, has been uncovered and packaged by the tour guide of Wilde’s New York.
The Smart Set, October 10, 2013
Under the Influence
In the novel The Mehlis Report, by Rabee Jaber, and his father’s old office in Trenton, Popkin considers the persistent power of place.
The Smart Set, August 21, 2013
Seeds of a Quiet Revolution
A team of education innovators builds a new approach to education in the highlands of Nicaragua.
Pennsylvania Gazette, May 7, 2013
Which Contexts Matter?
Some architects like buildings to “fit in,” but what for and how so?
Hidden City Daily, June 20, 2012
Shaping a Revolutionary Space
The architecture of the new Museum of the American Revolution is unfortunately reactionary.
Philadelphia Inquirer, November 25, 2011
Zaha Hadid discusses the form relationships between her designed objects and her buildings.
Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2011