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“Eight months pregnant I told an old woman sitting beside me on the bus that the egg that hatched my baby came from my wife’s ovaries. I didn’t know how the old woman would take it; one can never know. She was delighted: That’s like a fairy tale!”
Mother with Children, by Gustav Klimt © akg-images

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What Recovery?·

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Two years in a town where the Great Recession never ended
“Between 2007 and 2010, Albany’s poverty rate jumped 12 points, to a record high of 39.9 percent. More than two thirds of Albany’s 76,000 residents are black, and since 2010, their poverty rate has climbed even higher, to nearly 42 percent.”
Photograph by Will Steacy

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From a May 23 commencement address delivered at Hofstra University. Doctorow died on Tuesday. He was 84.
“We are a deeply divided nation in danger of undergoing a profound change for the worse.”
Photograph by Giuseppe Giglia
The Trouble with Israel·

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Netanyahu takes the country to the brink
“We think we are the only people in the world who live with threat, but we have to work with regional leaders who will work with us. Bibi is taking the country into unprecedented international isolation.”
Photograph by Adam Golfer

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“A progressive Europe—the Europe of sustainable growth and social cohesion—would be one thing. The gridlocked, reactionary, petty, and vicious Europe that actually exists is another. It cannot and should not last for very long.”

Photograph by Stefan Boness

Percentage of Americans who say they would have cosmetic surgery if they could afford it:

69

An upside-down rainbow appeared over England.

Hackers breached Ashley Madison, a website that facilitates extramarital relationships, compromising the private information of millions of users. “This could be a boon,” said one lawyer, “for divorce attorneys.”

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Weekly Review — July 28, 2015, 8:00 am

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A gunman kills two people at a movie theater in Louisiana, the world’s largest e-sport league announces that it will give players drug tests, and a “mystery pooper” strikes a Norwegian golf course

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Art, Monday Gallery — July 27, 2015, 12:44 pm

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No Title (The lower half…), 2013, a drawing by Raymond Pettibon, whose monograph, Surfers 1985–2015, was published by David Zwirner Books and Venus Over Manhattan last month. Image © Raymond Pettibon and courtesy Private Collection/David Zwirner Gallery, New York City and London.

Sketch — July 23, 2015, 1:18 pm

Moon Dream

An illustration of Johannes Kepler writing his science-fiction novel, Somnium, in 1608. 

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Editor's Note — July 21, 2015, 10:43 am

Introducing the August Issue

Kai Wright spends two years in a town where the Great Recession never ended; Mya Frazier explores the discomfiting economics of police brutality; Sarah Manguso, Michelle Tea, and eight other contributors discuss parenthood; and Harpers.org launches a metered paywall

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