The Kabul-ki Dance

Inside the cockpit with the pilots and wizzos of the 391st Fighter Squadron, the top guns of America's air war in Afghanistan

Superiority Complex

We have democratized elitism in this country. Now everybody can be a snob

The Fifty-First State?

Going to war with Iraq would mean shouldering all the responsibilities of an occupying power the moment victory was achieved. These would include running the economy, keeping domestic peace, and protecting Iraq's borders—and doing it all for years, or perhaps decades. Are we ready for this long-term relationship?

A Seventeenth-century Modern

Samuel Pepys did not, in fact, tell us everything

Political Animals

A new book asks all the right questions about animal rights, even if it doesn't canvass all the possible answers

What Now?

Developments, encouraging and otherwise

Quinoa Soup

A traditional staple of the high, cool Andes

The End of the West

The next clash of civilizations will not be between the West and the rest but between the United States and Europe—and Americans remain largely oblivious

Notes from Antiquity

Watching a play by Euripides or reading poetry by Sappho is perhaps as incomplete an experience today as watching a "play" by Wagner or reading "poetry" by Stephen Sondheim would be

"Our Saint, Our Umpire"

An appreciation of Mary McCarthy, whose literary and political writing is well represented in a new anthology

My Way

Getting in touch with your inner Turkmenbashi

No Apparent Motive

A chilling characteristic of politicians is that they're not in it for the money

Ranking the Movie Presidents

Four distinguished historians rate our celluloid Chief Executives

Primary Sources

Selections from recent reports, studies, and other documents

A Post-Saddam Scenario

Iraq could become America's primary staging ground in the Middle East. And the greatest beneficial effect could come next door, in Iran


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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