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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Can America still afford democracy?
Why we miss the WASPs
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.…
There was a time when I didn’t know that I lived in Middle America. When I was very young, growing up in eastern Minnesota, I thought I was just an…
Thailand's king is in declining health; Ian Buruma examines why the country so often finds itself under military rule
Why one of Asia’s most open societies keeps turning to military rule
From an interview with Richard Rodriguez published in the Spring 2014 issue of Boom: A Journal of California. Rodriguez is the author, most recently, of Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, excerpted…
Why we still fear vaccines