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The administration can either face cost-of-living issues or face a wipeout in November
From the Magazine
It’s going to be fascinating watching Germany slowly respond to a changed world
America has a historic opportunity to co-opt India
For someone with a gypsy soul, traveling is life
The impact of Indian immigration to the US is exceptional
Rather than abase itself for America’s attention, India should take responsibility for its own security and prosperity
If the publishing world is no longer a place for the free exchange of ideas, where are we as a culture?
Science & Tech
Why are men so bad at being sick?
The professor is blisteringly blunt about the woke ‘capture’ of institutions
A Princeton professor wants Classics to disappear because it has been used as a justification for slavery, colonialism and fascism
Regardless of whether you feel we’re breaking a taboo, why shouldn’t I be allowed to purchase milk from a consenting friend?
Breast Milk Enjoyer
They live in an eternal present that must be defended against a dreadful future
Few things are sure in life: death, taxes and Glenn Greenwald advocating whatever position happens to be in the interests of Vladimir Putin
We have visiting faculty from CNN and little contact with reality!
‘What we see is the dismantling of the education system and the parts of it that work’
Hunter S. Thompson saw the twenty-first century coming
J.D. Vance was never hostile to Trump voters. He was a translator for the coastally confused
Daniella Greenbaum Davis
The divisiveness of politics in the last decade masks a bipartisan accord on elite credentials
Benjamin H. Barton
If we are to defend our turf and protect our lawns, Bambi’s mom must die
Americans will name their children for euphony’s sake
Books + Arts
Joie de Vivre by Paul Bailey reviewed
After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris from the Belle Époque through Revolution and War by Helen Rappaport reviewed
Fugitives: A History of Nazi Mercenaries During the Cold War by Danny Orbach reviewed
Hemingway’s Widow: The Life and Legacy of Mary Welsh Hemingway by Timothy Christian reviewed
Anne Margaret Daniel
The POC victim narrative is a systemic problem
A new recording of a rare piece by Jean Sibelius is out
Milton Avery was able to carve out his own path, distinct from modernism’s march through history
Andrew L. Shea
After 130 years, Carnegie Hall decided it could use a virtual stage
What Would Seneca Do?
The experience of seeing George Furth and Stephen Sondheim’s Company is something like inadvertently joining a swingers’ party
Robert S. Erickson
The Hand of God reviewed
The Tragedy of Macbeth reviewed
The dark, strange, twisted and irrational moments of American history aren’t just fringe tales
When I was a child, manners were as important as morals — in fact they mattered more
We could all drink, but Tom was in a league of his own: chaos was his element
Failure is not a learning experience; it’s a humiliating and hurtful experience
On a March day in 1991, I watched a bittersweet rural New York version of ‘Hoosiers’ play out
For liberals, everything that exists is a potential source of fear, and everything that occurs a threat of danger
Chilton Williamson, Jr.
The English county is a special place — and its wines are special, too
Backlash, now in vogue, is often misused
Quantity is quality in the new India
In my life I have enjoyed wonderful sea safaris on dhows, hunting for tuna and ambergris and waves to surf
Food + Drink
A French Valentine classic
Calla J. Corner
Long live the short order
In our anemic age, cast-iron pans are just what we need to re-enrich the American bloodstream
The big three grapes in a typical Châteauneuf-du-Pape are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre
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