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Things feel different down there: more exciting, more open-minded, more American
From the Magazine
Cameras clicking and lights flashing everywhere. This way, that way, over here!
Floridians are proud and protective — and for good reason
Hunting for evidence of Republican authoritarianism in the Magic Kingdom
Some hope the boom continues but others are less pleased
The state has a very lean government — that’s no accident
The forces of cancellation require confrontation
America’s vaccine initiative was more than a miracle
It’s all white noise and shushing and singing and rocking
What is a cattle drive without good neighbors?
She needs even her mixed-legacy departure to somehow be a feminist act
Mary Kate Skehan
The city’s very real progress is being squandered as crime spreads
The left thinks it was too white while the Catholic New Right sees much to admire
Science & Tech
Sometime this century, or early in the next, women will no longer have to give birth
Family dinners, like almost every area of American life, have become fiercely politicized
Nate and Thomas Hochman
The Syracusia was constructed out of enough material to build sixty triremes
It’s like Biden wants us to be poor
Termination is set to become an HR perk
Our hot-vax summer do-over is here, and I’m going to stop ignoring the items on my to-do list
Daniella Greenbaum Davis
It’s not a good idea to make anti-anything the center of your identity
Might the uptick in club openings tell us something profound?
Books + Arts
Secret City: The Hidden History of Gay Washington by James Kirchick reviewed
David J. Garrow
A new book remembers all the excitement and absurdity
Original Sins by Matt Rowland Hill reviewed
Yes to the City: Millennials and the Fight for Affordable Housing by Max Holleran reviewed
Addison Del Mastro
The English Understand Wool by Helen DeWitt reviewed
Why are we so content to minimize and forget the work of translators?
The Museum of Modern Art is seeing red with Matisse
Paul Cezanne is lighting fires with a new retrospective in Chicago
Remembering Rafael Schächter, a conductor imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp
A Seventies sci-fi thriller predicted dystopian eco-nightmare for 2022
The movie may be the last of its kind
Daniel Craig whips through the Shakespeare tragedy in just over two hours
Robert S. Erickson
What does worry me is globalization, a sleight of hand by haves to have more, while small-town rubes get less
Susceptible people confuse his miraculous prose with their own lived experience
It’s not cool to be a lothario nowadays
On the Abbeys and the Beats
Is the historical American culture being diluted, weakened and transformed by multiculturalism?
Chilton Williamson, Jr.
A Texas neighborhood is overtaken by invasive strains of twee
We never used to use the term in speech
A new Colombia is budding, though still scared and scarred
A weekend in Kentucky’s distinctly working-class Jackson Purchase
Amber Athey and Jonathan Duke
Food + Drink
The art of making your own ice cream
Our priority is therapeutic: to be comfortable and feel welcome
A Gallic twist on an American staple
Calla Jones Corner
The six wines that I recently had an opportunity to taste ranged from fetching to fantastic
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.