Readings — November 25, 2015, 8:00 am

Thanks, Obama

From entries made since 2009 to the U.S. Protocol Gift Unit Federal Register Report, which records items given by foreign dignitaries to federal employees.


Weekly Review — November 24, 2015, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

The Food and Drug Administration approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption. Ethiopian Airlines operated its first flight staffed entirely by women, Salt Lake City elected its first openly gay mayor, and two 35-year-old men became the first gay couple to wed in Ireland. The National Institutes of Health announced that it would end its use of chimpanzees in biomedical experiments, and an animal-rights group sued a Louisiana amusement park for allowing a chimpanzee named Candy to smoke cigarettes and drink Coca-Cola. Read More…

Art, Monday Gallery — November 23, 2015, 11:04 am


“The Gloaming,”a hand-embroidered found photograph, by Julie Cockburn, whose work was on view at Paris Photo earlier this month. Cockburn’s photographs were featured in our September 2015 issue. Artwork courtesy Flowers Gallery, London and New York City.

Context — November 20, 2015, 2:44 pm

How the Islamic State Was Won

The Islamic State’s influence grows; James Harkin interviews its fighters, enemies, and potential recruits


Postcard — November 19, 2015, 1:28 pm

Workers’ Paradise

After more than half a century of socialist revolution, Cubans exemplify sustainable living—whether they want to or not.


Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm

Shaky Foundations

The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.


Weekly Review — November 17, 2015, 11:04 am

Weekly Review

The Canadian Judicial Council was reviewing a judge’s behavior in a 2014 trial in which a 19-year-old woman alleged she had been sexually assaulted. “Why,” the judge had asked the woman, “couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” In Ontario, a woman was arrested for drunk driving after her nine-year-old son, who was in the car with her, called the police; in Ohio, a man was arrested after he forced a nine-year-old neighbor to drive him to a gas station to buy barbecue sauce; and in Florida, an officer scheduled to receive an award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving arrived at the ceremony too drunk to accept it. Read more…

Art, Monday Gallery — November 16, 2015, 2:01 pm

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The Pont des Arts, Paris, 1953 © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

Editor's Note — November 12, 2015, 12:35 pm

Introducing the December Issue

Alexandra Kleeman subjects herself to a week of bed rest, Nat Segnit celebrates Waterloo’s bicentennial, Charlotte Dumas documents Japan’s endangered horses, and more


Art, Sketch — November 11, 2015, 8:00 am


An illustrated interpretation of “Gone, Gone Again,” by the British poet Edward Thomas.

Weekly Review — November 10, 2015, 9:00 am

Weekly Review

Two marshals in Marksville, Louisiana, were arrested after a body-camera video showed them shooting at a car they were chasing, killing the six-year-old boy sitting inside. A student at the University of California, Merced, was killed by university police after he stabbed four people on campus with a hunting knife. A hacking organization published the membership databases of several Ku Klux Klan websites. A Danish man appeared in a South African court this week on charges that he mutilated the genitals of his wife and at least six other women and kept their dried clitorises on a hook and in his freezer. Read more…

Publisher's Note — November 10, 2015, 8:00 am

At Any Cost

“The pundits overestimate Americans’ supposedly anti-aristocratic tendencies, and underestimate Jeb’s profound determination to win.”


Art, Monday Gallery — November 9, 2015, 8:00 am


Natura morta (Still Life), 1952, a painting by Giorgio Morandi, whose work is currently on view at David Zwirner Gallery, in New York City. Artwork © 2015 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York/SIAE, Rome. Courtesy private collection and David Zwirner Gallery, N.Y.C.

Context — November 6, 2015, 5:44 pm

The Body Politic

The battle over Pablo Neruda’s corpse.


Conversation — November 6, 2015, 3:58 pm

Money Trail

“We spent 36 million dollars on a building that was totally built, never used, and has been turned over the Afghans. As far as we know, it’s empty.”


Context — November 6, 2015, 11:00 am

Chronicle of a War Foretold

On the move with Ahmad Chalabi, the man who would be king


Postcard — November 5, 2015, 8:00 am

In Solitary

For more than two decades, Willie Bosket spent twenty-three hours a day alone in a nine-by-six-foot cage.


Readings — November 4, 2015, 11:37 am

Jaded Lady

From headlines that appeared between 1992 and 2014 in the New York Times.


Weekly Review — November 3, 2015, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

A state-run Chinese newspaper wrote that the country was “not afraid to start a war” with the United States after the White House deployed a guided-missile destroyer near Pacific islands claimed by China. Kogalymavia Flight 9268 broke apart over the Sinai Peninsula en route from Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, to St. Petersburg, killing all 217 passengers and seven crew members. A 243-foot military surveillance blimp became unmoored in Aberdeen, Maryland, dragged a 6,700-foot tether across Pennsylvania that cut off power to tens of thousands of local residents, and crashed near Moreland Township, where the state police shot it about 100 times. Read more…

Art, Monday Gallery — November 2, 2015, 11:53 am


Plate 4474, September 17, 1919, a painting by Charles A. A. Dellschau, whose work will be on view next month at Stephen Romano Gallery, in Brooklyn, New York. Courtesy the collection of Harriet Finkelstein, Boston, and Stephen Romano Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

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“After World War II, urbanization and mechanization further diminished the horses’ place in Japanese life. Today, all but one of the eight breeds—the Hokkaido horse, also known as Dosanko—are critically endangered”
Photograph by Charlotte Dumas
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“That casino resorts offer a kind of virtual travel is an obvious facet of this theory, but all the glitzy bullshit — the gross architectural citation of other, actual places — is really just a lure for the virtual narrative of the gambling experience.”
Photograph by Robert Gumpert
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“A weight-loss show about abuse and incest and a young football coach who once attempted to hang himself? If this combination strikes you as surprising, you haven’t been watching Extreme Weight Loss.”
Illustration by Barry Falls
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“The Dayton Accords stopped the Bosnian War, but because the deal was hammered out before there was a clear military victor, it relied on a complicated patchwork of ethnically organized governments that satisfied everyone and no one.”
Photograph © Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos
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“Within five days of immobilization, the arteries narrow and stiffen, and the interior lining of the blood vessels becomes less able to flex and tighten.”
Painting by Evan Wilson.

Estimated number of calories a person consumes during Thanksgiving dinner:


The earth had become twice as dusty during the past century.

A man sued Pennsylvania state police who detained him for 29 days when they mistook his homemade soap for cocaine.

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