The One-Term Tradition

Bush should not be overly sanguine about his chances for re-election

Founders Chic

Our reverence for the Fathers has gotten out of hand

People Like Us

We all pay lip service to the melting pot, but we really prefer the congealing pot

Four More Years?

The invincibility question

Bad Debt

Settling accounts in the vacuum of postwar Iraq

The Age of Murdoch

Many see him as a power-mad, rapacious right-wing vulgarian. Rupert Murdoch has indeed been relentless in building a one-of-a kind media network that spans the world. What really drives him, though, is not ideology but a cool concern for the bottom line—and the belief that the media should be treated like any other business, not as a semi-sacred public trust. The Bush Administration agrees. Rupert Murdoch has seen the future, and it is him

Housewife Confidential

A tribute to the old-fashioned housewife, and to Erma Bombeck, her champion and guide

Where the Twain Should Have Met

The cosmopolitan Edward Said was ideally placed to explain East to West and West to East. What went wrong?

California Catholics

Maile Meloy's first novel uses gaudy old-time religion to string together a sweeping family narrative


Charles Baxter's new novel brings back some old friends

On Second Thought

Ideas whose time has come, unfortunately

Primary Sources

Selections from reports, studies, and other documents. This month: Osama bin Laden and Jacques Chirac voted able "to do the right thing"; the coming suburban ghetto?; why the Vikings would have liked global warming


The rise and fall of a great collaboration


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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