Oral History — March 21, 2019, 11:21 am

Nowhere Left to Go

“I can’t take chances with my life.”

Weekly Review — March 19, 2019, 2:00 pm

Weekly Review

A federal appeals court ruled against a police officer who gave a Michigan woman a harsher ticket after she flipped him off.

Podcast — March 18, 2019, 1:58 pm

Not Mere Projection

Reconsidering the work of the notoriously elusive Cy Twombly

Press Rogue — March 15, 2019, 3:17 pm

Clique Bait

The Atlantic dropped a whale of a think piece this week, a David Frum immigration special that was posted online first thing Monday morning, drumming up condemnation, hand-wringing, and #NeverTrump praise. The article, which graces the cover of the magazine’s April issue with the eminently reasonable, “just asking!” headline “How Much Immigration Is Too Much?” appeared online with the rather more incendiary headline, “If Liberals Won’t Enforce Borders, Fascists Will,” framing Frum’s proposal to cut legal immigration as a commonsense approach that splits the difference between Trump’s deplorable xenophobia and the left’s refusal to consider any restrictions whatsoever. Frum begins …

Editor's Note — March 15, 2019, 7:34 am

Inside the April Issue

Christian Lorentzen on the decline of book reviewing; Rachel Nolan on the troubled legacy of Guatemalan adoptions; Lisa Wells on the fear of flying

Weekly Review — March 12, 2019, 1:04 pm

Weekly Review

The Brazilian president tweeted, “What is a golden shower?”

Podcast — March 11, 2019, 4:44 pm

Emily Bernard and Mychal Denzel Smith

How to get there from here: two authors discuss their recent work and breaking out of the limits on the public discourse around race

Publisher's Note — March 8, 2019, 5:00 pm

The Living Dead

“Whatever the current political momentum may be, what’s astonishing is that the oppression of less powerful people addressed not by a writer on the left but by the ‘reactionary’ Michel Houellebecq.”

Press Rogue — March 8, 2019, 2:19 pm

A Million Turning Points

At the moment the Trump Administration reaches the point of no return, when the president’s erstwhile Republican allies join arm in arm with their Democratic brethren in Congress to remove him from office in a paroxysm of bipartisanship, at that precise moment, it is a sure bet that a New York Times reporter will be sitting in some diner in North Carolina or Nevada, asking a sample of Trump voters whether they still stand with him. We can be sure such man-on-the-street reactions will be integral to the Times’ coverage of the righteous future so frequently slavered after by its …

Postcard — March 7, 2019, 1:34 pm

The Blood Is Still There

Marking the unspeakable at the site of the Sand Creek Massacre

Weekly Review — March 5, 2019, 11:06 am

Weekly Review

A black man became the director and president of a white-supremacist organization in the hopes of disbanding it.

Podcast — March 4, 2019, 9:43 am

Catechism of the Waters

No easy way out: the overpopulation of sea lions in Oregon demonstrates the need for humanity to live sustainably

Weekly Review — February 26, 2019, 12:23 pm

Weekly Review

“I am an underdog,” said presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, who once ate a salad on an airplane with a comb and then ordered her aide clean it, at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Des Moines.

Podcast — February 25, 2019, 4:28 pm

The Myth of White Genocide in South Africa

An ongoing racial and economic crisis in a republic that reflects our own

Satire — February 22, 2019, 11:35 am

An Unprecedented Twist

A plan for supplementary gruel must be rejected

Postcard — February 20, 2019, 12:49 pm

Not in My Backyard

Amid Berlin’s affordable housing shortage, urban gardens have been sowing unrest

Weekly Review — February 20, 2019, 8:00 am

Weekly Review

“It’s not as if he just didn’t get what he wanted so he’s waving a magic wand and taking a bunch of money,” said the White House’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, of Donald Trump’s decision on Friday—after the administration’s budget deal with Congress to end a 35-day government shutdown did not include the funding Trump sought for a wall along the Mexican border—to declare a national emergency to divert about $7 billion from federal projects, including $2.5 billion from counternarcotics programs, to build a wall that experts say will not significantly affect drug trafficking.1 2 3 4 In the disputed area …

Editor's Note — February 14, 2019, 2:32 pm

Inside the March Issue

Andrew Cockburn on Joe Biden’s disastrous legislative legacy; James Pogue on the myth of white genocide in South Africa; Sallie Tisdale on species in conflict on the Columbia River

Weekly Review — February 12, 2019, 2:32 pm

Weekly Review

Classes at a Catholic school in Durham, North Carolina, were canceled in anticipation of protests against a lesbian alumna, who had been invited to speak at a Black History Month event.

Podcast — February 7, 2019, 4:40 pm

Going to Extremes

In sickness, only: on mercy killings, and the crisis in our health care system

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Five years ago, Jean-Sebastien Hertsens Zune went looking for his parents. He already had one set, a Belgian church organist and his wife, who adopted him as a baby from Guatemala and later moved the family to France. But he wanted to find his birth mother and father. When Zune was a teenager, his Belgian parents gave him his adoption file, holding back only receipts showing how much the process had cost. Most people pay little attention to their birth certificates, but for adoptees, these documents, along with notes about their relinquishment, tell an often patchy origin story.

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“I can’t take chances with my life.”

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Alex and Wendy love culture. It’s how they spend their free time. It’s what they talk about at dinner parties. When they go jogging or to the gym, they listen to podcasts on their phones. On Sunday nights they watch their favorite new shows. They go to the movies sometimes, but they were bummed out when ­MoviePass went south, so now they mostly stream things. They belong to book clubs that meet every couple of weeks. Alex and Wendy work hard at their jobs, but they always have a bit of time to check their feeds at work. What’s in their feeds? Their feeds tell them about culture. Their feeds are a form of comfort. Their feeds explain things to them that they already understand. Their feeds tell them that everyone else is watching, reading, listening to the same things. Their feeds tell them about the people who make their culture, people who aren’t so different from them, just maybe a bit more glistening. Alex and Wendy’s feeds assure them that they aren’t lonely. Their feeds give them permission to like what they already like. Their feeds let them know that their culture is winning.


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Once, in an exuberant state, feeling filled with the muse, I told another writer: When I write, I know everything. Everything about the characters? she asked. No, I said, everything about the world, the universe. Every. Fucking. Thing. I was being preposterous, of course, but I was also trying to explain the feeling I got, deep inside writing a first draft, that I was listening and receiving, listening some more and receiving, from a place that was far enough away from my daily life, from all of my reading, from everything.

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All his life he lived on hatred.

He was a solitary man who hoarded gloom. At night a thick smell filled his bachelor’s room on the edge of the kibbutz. His sunken, severe eyes saw shapes in the dark. The hater and his hatred fed on each other. So it has ever been. A solitary, huddled man, if he does not shed tears or play the violin, if he does not fasten his claws in other people, experiences over the years a constantly mounting pressure, until he faces a choice between lunacy and suicide. And those who live around him breathe a sigh of relief.

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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.

In California, a 78-year-old patient and his family were informed that he would die within days from a doctor who was communicating via video call on a screen mounted to a robot on wheels.

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Happiness Is a Worn Gun


“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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