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Social life and customs

A Complicating Energy

I never knew I needed you: the detrimental effects of isolation and the importance of strangers Read More

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A Complicating Energy

Notes on a year without strangers

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Rumination

From “Inside Stories,” an essay published in the Winter 2021 issue of Five Points. I used to visit an elderly woman who lived in a single room in an apartment…

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The Art of Losing

Can Democrats win back postindustrial America?

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Freedom from Choice

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…

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Stonewall at Fifty

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…

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We Were So Happy Then

Life in the new South Africa

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The Death of a Once Great City

The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence

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Cursed Fields

What the tundra has in store for Russia’s reindeer herders

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