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Essay

Men in Dark Times

How Hannah Arendt’s fans misread the post-truth presidency

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History As End

1619, 1776, and the politics of the past

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A Complicating Energy

Notes on a year without strangers

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When Children Die

Tragedies in the margins of history

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Prayer for a Just War

Finding meaning in the climate fight

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Devils in the Deep

On suicide and Moby-Dick

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Il Maestro

Federico Fellini and the lost magic of cinema

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The Silenced Majority

Can America still afford democracy?

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Is America Ungovernable?

The difference between protest and reform

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Making Meaning

Against “relevance” in art

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Nonconforming

Against the erosion of academic freedom by identity politics

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All My Pronouns

How I learned to live with the singular they

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The Lives of Others

When does imagination become appropriation?

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Bright Stars

The unfulfilled promise of American citizenship

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The Old Normal

Why we can’t beat our addiction to war

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Trumpism After Trump

Will the movement outlive the man?

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Vicious Cycles

Theses on a philosophy of news

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Body Language

How to tell a genderqueer story

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Is Poverty Necessary?

An idea that won’t go away

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Where Our New World Begins

Politics, power, and the Green New Deal

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Works of Mercy

The power of pastoral care

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Whisperings

A writer alone with the work

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The Story of Storytelling

What the hidden relationships of ancient folktales reveal about their evolution—and our own

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Machine Politics

The rise of the internet and a new age of authoritarianism

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The Gatekeepers

On the burden of the black public intellectual

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Rebirth of a Nation

Can states’ rights save us from a second civil war?

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