Justin Peters

Justin Peters is a writer for Slate. He is working on a book about Aaron Swartz, copyright, and the rise of “free culture.” Email him at justintrevett@fastmail.fm.

Culturebox
Jan. 26 2015 3:27 PMThe Longform GoodbyeWhen alternative publications shutter, their staffs don’t go so easily.
Technology
Jan. 14 2015 5:20 PMDon’t Buy Drugs From Techno-Libertarian DilettantesLessons from the Silk Road trial.
Crime
Jan. 6 2015 11:24 AMSerial’s Next CaseFive crimes the hit podcast should explore in a future season.
Crime
Dec. 19 2014 5:40 PMDumb and Dumber and DumbererMeet the men who set the gold standard for criminal incompetence in 2014.
Culturebox
Dec. 10 2014 7:19 PMThe New York Times’ Obscene Profanity PolicyWhat’s more important to the paper of record, reporting the news or protecting its readers’ delicate sensibilities?
Crime
Dec. 3 2014 5:33 PMBroken Windows Policing Doesn’t WorkIt also may have killed Eric Garner.
Behind the Scenes
June 12 2014 10:42 AMDispatches From Book Leave, Part 3Hundreds of index cards, 20,000 words, and nine months down.
Behind the Scenes
June 12 2014 10:11 AMDispatches From Book Leave, Part 1Slate’s Justin Peters’ updates on writing The Idealists, his book about Aaron Swartz.
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 23 2014 7:07 PM“I Couldn’t Be More Proud”: 26 Years of Insincere U.S. Olympic Committee Post-Mortems
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 22 2014 4:55 PMWhy All of the Worst (and Most Lovable) Winter Olympic Athletes Are in the Men’s Slalom
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 21 2014 6:37 PMA Field Guide to Olympians Who Really, Really Hate Their Bosses
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 20 2014 4:23 PMHow to Biathlon-ize Every Winter Olympic Sport
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 19 2014 3:24 PMEverything You Ever Wanted to Know About Figure Skating but Were Afraid to Ask
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 18 2014 4:56 PMHorse-Drawn Ski Racing Was Almost an Olympic Sport
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 17 2014 7:41 PMThe Little-Remembered U.S. Virgin Islands Bobsled Team Was Way Worse than the Jamaicans
Crime
Jan. 19 2015 11:45 PMThey Couldn’t Breathe, EitherEvery time William Bratton has taken over a police department, excessive-force incidents have followed.
Foreigners
Jan. 9 2015 6:09 PMUnderstanding Charlie HebdoYes, its depictions of Islam can be odious. But they belong to a tradition that’s as French as Champagne.
Culturebox
Dec. 29 2014 9:45 AMA Collage of Usual MomentsWhat I learned by taking a photo of myself each day for the last five years.
Culturebox
Dec. 17 2014 8:04 PMThe Sony Emails Are Fair GameNo, Aaron Sorkin, reporting on the hacked documents is not “spectacularly dishonorable.”
Crime
Dec. 5 2014 6:37 PMLoose Cigarettes Today, Civil Unrest TomorrowThe racist, classist origins of broken windows policing.
Behind the Scenes
Aug. 6 2014 10:46 AMDispatches From Book Leave, Part 4Three months left. 2,500 words per day.
Behind the Scenes
June 12 2014 10:41 AMDispatches From Book Leave, Part 2Dry-heaving out the first draft of my book about Aaron Swartz.
Technology
April 1 2014 3:38 PM“Dissonant Instincts”Aaron Swartz’s death proved that MIT has not yet come to terms with its culture of openness.
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 23 2014 2:24 PMThis Insane 120-Mile Speedskating Race Makes the Winter Olympics Look Easy
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 22 2014 12:34 PMThe Saddest Olympian in Sochi Says He Feels “Like One of Those Stray Dogs”
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 21 2014 2:46 PMThe Secret of Mikaela Shiffrin’s Success: Always Practice, Never Compete
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 20 2014 12:10 PMOlympics Jerk Watch: The Norwegian Skier Who Loves Mocking the King of Sweden
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 18 2014 6:44 PMWhy Do So Many People Hate Lolo Jones?
Five-ring Circus
Feb. 18 2014 1:03 PMThe Olympics Rage-o-MeterFlag-waving, poorly informed Americans are mad at NBC for not being patriotic enough.
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 17 2014 4:46 PMWhat NBC Missed about Bode Miller by Focusing on His Dead Brother

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