Opulent Obscenity — Classes Clash at Belmont Classic

New America Media, Feature, Published: June 12, 2009 Belmont, New York -- It is the morning of the Belmont Stakes and young souls are preparing for a day of self-indulgence, honoring decades of tradition and rejecting American society’s recent calls for modesty and reason. The landing above Track 18 at Penn Station is a giddy,…Read more Opulent Obscenity — Classes Clash at Belmont Classic

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How to Survive in New York on Mickey D’s Coupons

New America Media, Feature, Published: January 15, 2009 NEW YORK -- I first met Vance way downtown in New York City, standing outside of a club called The Box. At the time, The Box was a big deal in “those” circles—Madonna was on the guest list that night—and we stood on the sidewalk out front…Read more How to Survive in New York on Mickey D’s Coupons

The Place that Hope Forgot to Visit on Election Day

New America Media, Published November 9, 2008 Editor's Note: The celebration of Barack Obama's historic victory felt very far away to residents of Tent City, a homeless encampment in the woods of Athens, Ga. NAM writer Russell Morse visited Tent City on election night and found that it was a place that had lost its hope…Read more The Place that Hope Forgot to Visit on Election Day

Dwindling Hope, Irrelevant Election: Young People Get Their Cynicism Back

New America Media, Published October 8, 2008  Editor’s Note: Walking through the streets of New York City, NAM writer Russell Morse noticed that something had changed: Young people, who weeks ago seemed full of hope, seem to have recovered their cynicism in the face of a spiraling economic decline around them. NEW YORK – Last…Read more Dwindling Hope, Irrelevant Election: Young People Get Their Cynicism Back

Working For Peanuts — Downturn Hits the Streets of New York

New America Media, Published October 1, 2008 NEW YORK -- On a recent afternoon, I passed by one of the nearly ubiquitous Nuts 4 Nuts roasted peanut carts on a Manhattan street corner near Union Square. An older woman was walking away from the cart angrily, grumbling about "these prices". Investigating, I saw a sign…Read more Working For Peanuts — Downturn Hits the Streets of New York

Desperation Moves from Wall Street to Main Street

New America Media, Published September 19, 2008 Editor’s Note: After stocks plummeted earlier this week, the Dow Jones industrials rose more than 785 points Thursday and Friday. New York-based writer Russell Morse chronicles the shifting mood on Wall Street this week, from one of desperation to optimism. But in the rest of the country, where…Read more Desperation Moves from Wall Street to Main Street

As Flames Die Down, Young People in France Exhale and Organize

New America Media, News Feature, Published: November 16, 2005 Editor's Note: As the fires burn to a smolder in France's suburbs after two weeks of rioting, young people recognize each other's frustration in the light of the flames PARIS--Burnt and rotting garbage spills from melted dumpsters at the entrance to a public housing project here…Read more As Flames Die Down, Young People in France Exhale and Organize