Postcard — September 18, 2019, 10:30 am

Seeking Asylum

Out of sight on Leros, the island of the damned

Weekly Review — September 17, 2019, 8:14 am

Weekly Review

A study that compared the temperatures of French postal carriers’ left and right testicles won an Ig Noble Prize, annual awards honoring research that “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think.”

Essay — September 16, 2019, 10:30 am

Poem for Harm

Reflections on harm in language and the trouble with Whitman

Podcast — September 13, 2019, 11:43 am

Common Ground

Feet of clay: on the troublesome uses of archeology, past and present

Editor's Note — September 12, 2019, 12:33 pm

Inside the October Issue

A forum on the constitution; Andrew Cockburn on progressive prosecutors; Adam Wilson interrogates the Golden Age of TV; Linda Stasi on sexual abuse in the world of Orthodox Judaism

Weekly Review — September 10, 2019, 11:31 am

Weekly Review

Republican congressman Steve King drank toilet water at a migrant detention facility near the Mexican border to demonstrate its safety. “Actually pretty good!” the congressman remarked.

Weekly Review — September 4, 2019, 4:08 pm

Weekly Review

One hundred and twenty coffins were discovered beneath a housing complex in Tampa, Florida.

Supplemental Listening — September 4, 2019, 2:32 pm

Images of America in Rock and Roll

Portraits by Hamell on Trial

Podcast — August 28, 2019, 4:58 pm

The Black Axe

Everywhere and nowhere: tracing the evolution of a notorious Nigerian fraternity

Postcard — August 28, 2019, 11:00 am

Alternative Medicine

In Russia, doctors master a new clinical skill: listening and talking with empathy

Weekly Review — August 27, 2019, 11:16 am

Weekly Review

In Connecticut, five men and one woman between the ages of 62 and 85 were charged with breach of peace and public indecency after they were caught having sex inside the Grace Richardson conservation area.

Readings — August 26, 2019, 12:41 pm

Dimwit’s End

From responses, given by researchers at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, to frequently asked questions submitted to the agency’s Hurricane Research Division.

Film — August 22, 2019, 3:21 pm


A documentary about climate change, domain names, and capital

Weekly Review — August 20, 2019, 2:26 pm

Weekly Review

A federal judge in North Carolina ruled in favor of personal-injury lawyer George Sink Sr., who had sued his son, George Sink Jr., for using his own name at his competing law firm.

Podcast — August 15, 2019, 3:36 pm

The Family

Brought into the light: Jeff Sharlet and Jesse Moss discuss the secretive, Washington-based religious organization that is the subject of a new Netflix docuseries

Editor's Note — August 15, 2019, 1:32 pm

Inside the September Issue

Rich Cohen visits the N.F.L. combine; Rachel Poser investigates Zionist archeology; Sean Williams on the Black Axe; an acid-fueled memoir by Chris Rush

Weekly Review — August 13, 2019, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

The world champion of short-track speed skating was banned from the sport for a year after pantsing a teammate.

Podcast — August 8, 2019, 12:47 pm

The Call of the Drums

Where the barbarians are: the Hungarian right’s obsession with a false history

Publisher's Note — August 7, 2019, 3:14 pm


“Nor would I leave to Emmanuel Macron and Mark Zuckerberg, both of them politicians first and foremost, the job of regulating anything that has to do with words or language.”

Weekly Review — August 6, 2019, 3:18 pm

Weekly Review

The National Academy of Sciences published a study that found CEOs and CFOs who use the extramarital-affair website Ashley Madison are more than twice as likely to engage in corporate misconduct.

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Secrets and Lies·

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In 1973, when Barry Singer was a fifteen-year-old student at New York’s Yeshiva University High School for Boys, the vice principal, Rabbi George Finkelstein, stopped him in a stairwell. Claiming he wanted to check his tzitzit—the strings attached to Singer’s prayer shawl—Finkelstein, Singer says, pushed the boy over the third-floor banister, in full view of his classmates, and reached down his pants. “If he’s not wearing tzitzit,” Finkelstein told the surrounding children, “he’s going over the stairs!”

“He played it as a joke, but I was completely at his mercy,” Singer recalled. For the rest of his time at Yeshiva, Singer would often wear his tzitzit on the outside of his shirt—though this was regarded as rebellious—for fear that Finkelstein might find an excuse to assault him again.

Seeking Asylum·

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Out of sight on Leros, the island of the damned

Poem for Harm·

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Reflections on harm in language and the trouble with Whitman

Good Bad Bad Good·

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About fifteen years ago, my roommate and I developed a classification system for TV and movies. Each title was slotted into one of four categories: Good-Good; Bad-Good; Good-Bad; Bad-Bad. The first qualifier was qualitative, while the second represented a high-low binary, the title’s aspiration toward capital-A Art or lack thereof.

Some taxonomies were inarguable. The O.C., a Fox series about California rich kids and their beautiful swimming pools, was delightfully Good-Bad. Paul Haggis’s heavy-handed morality play, Crash, which won the Oscar for Best Picture, was gallingly Bad-Good. The films of Francois Truffaut, Good-Good; the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, Bad-Bad.

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I spent thirty-eight years in prison and have been a free man for just under two. After killing a man named Thomas Allen Fellowes in a drunken, drugged-up fistfight in 1980, when I was nineteen years old, I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Former California governor Jerry Brown commuted my sentence and I was released in 2017, five days before Christmas. The law in California, like in most states, grants the governor the right to alter sentences. After many years of advocating for the reformation of the prison system into one that encourages rehabilitation, I had my life restored to me.

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A recent earthquake in Chile was found to have shifted the city of Concepción ten feet to the west, shortened Earth’s days by 1.26 microseconds, and shifted the planet’s axis by nearly three inches.

A solid-gold toilet named “America” was stolen from Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, in Oxfordshire, England.

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“Nowadays, most states let just about anybody who wants a concealed-handgun permit have one; in seventeen states, you don’t even have to be a resident. Nobody knows exactly how many Americans carry guns, because not all states release their numbers, and even if they did, not all permit holders carry all the time. But it’s safe to assume that as many as 6 million Americans are walking around with firearms under their clothes.”

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