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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
One morning in September, a dapper Frenchman seated next to me in the garden of the Château de Tocqueville gestured solemnly at the front page of Le Monde, the house…
From Trapped in the Present Tense, which will be published next month by Counterpoint Press. It’s possible to construct a statistical mosaic of American life out of the 332 million…
Dispatches from a broken census count
Decades ago, my father implored me to get acquainted with James Baldwin. As is often the case with such parental injunctions, I ignored him for a long time, but once…
Cartoonist Ben Garrison’s MAGA in winter
A deeper view of life in Afghanistan during (and after) wartime Read More
The war’s toll on one Afghan family
Selling the story of disinformation
On stupidity and transcendence
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was asleep in my room at the Beverly Laurel Motor Hotel near West Hollywood. I’d just come to the end of a…
In 1974, a pair of scientists who would go on to win the Nobel Prize published a paper demonstrating that the chlorofluorocarbons used in aerosol sprays and refrigerators were harming…