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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Can Democrats win back postindustrial America?
By Pico Iyer, from A Beginner’s Guide to Japan, out this month from Knopf. Iyer, a British-American essayist and novelist, has lived in Nara, Japan, since 1992. Japan is the…
Early in the morning on June 28, 1969, New York police raided the Stonewall Inn at 53 Christopher Street, the city’s most popular gay bar. The police had raided Stonewall…
Life in the new South Africa
The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence
What the tundra has in store for Russia’s reindeer herders
A community’s quest to save its harbor
By Terry Southern (1924–95), from an unpublished manuscript written in 1952. It is included in Making It Hot for Them, a collection of his writings edited by Nile Southern that…
The strange history of our futile border fortifications
The village where girls turn into boys
How Cubans deliver culture without internet