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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
And its eternal war on reform
Why we miss the WASPs
From Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America, published this month by Simon and Schuster. Every quarter, the business leaders from Koch Industries’ various divisions…
The celebrity scandal of the year has been the discovery of just what lengths some actors will go to in order to get their children parts in our leading universities.…
Who generates value in the modern economy, and who should benefit?
An idea that won’t go away
When I was eighteen, I spent several months working as a bus girl at a diner. It was a cheerful-looking place, facing San Francisco Bay. The kitchen was L-shaped: the…
The art of persuasion in the age of Trump
Like the country as a whole, Iowa has a Republican chief executive and a Republican-controlled legislature that creates problems where they need not exist, problems that look like the effects…
By Naomi Klein, from No Is Not Enough, which was published in June by Haymarket Books. Klein is the author of The Shock Doctrine, among other books. Read More
By Philip Roth, from remarks he gave at a celebration of his seventy-fifth birthday at Columbia University in 2008. They are included in Philip Roth: Why Write?, which will be published…