David Samuels reports on the world of the Hollywood of paparazzi; Ross Douthat on contemporary Hollywood's return to the 1970s; Lawrence Scott Sheets reports on uranium smuggling by small-time Russian crooks; Robert D. Kaplan on the new Calcutta; Christopher Hitchens on Ezra Pound; Virginia Postrel on the healing power of hospital decor; Clive Crook on the failure of the Kyoto Protocol; Joshua Hammer discovers an idyllic Kashmir; and much more.
How Havana might change after Castro
Choking in the clutch; Hungarian xenophobes; booze and bedlam at the ball game
Kyoto was a sham and a failure—so how has it become a model for future anti-warming efforts?
Why even the most-dubious statistics influence our thinking
Illustrations by Istvan Banyai. April 1 Party of One Former pro wrestler and Minnesota Governor Jesse “The Body” Ventura flirts with a…
Why polarization is good for us
A new account of Ezra Pound’s early years reveals his volatile genius—and prefigures the madness that would claim him.
A crime-plagued mill town in Massachusetts has discovered the roots of urban renewal.
Through sheer force of will, Hollywood’s most infamous single mother constructed a persona seductive, repellent, and almost impossible not to watch.
An English critic decries the decline of his language—and his civilization.
How better aesthetics in hospitals can make for happier—and healthier—patients
Editor’s Choice: How the Blitz saved Britain
Illustration by Greg Clarke. Tom Ross, of Palo Alto, Calif., writes, “Would you please help settle a family dispute? People often say cut to…
A New Middle East Jeffrey Goldberg’s map of what the boundaries of Middle Eastern countries might be a generation from now (“After Iraq,”…
I My breath is furring a windshield. where I sit in my windcheater, engine shut off, jolted by a rearview mirror’s jolt, and wait for…
The day I saw the emperor’s clay soldiers. I thought I understood the end of things— blank faces staring back from 2,000 years. A farmer found…
How the Iraq War and George W. Bush sent the movie industry back to its favorite era—the 1970s
Calcutta has been renamed. Now, with investment on the rise, tech companies moving in, and a growing middle class, can it be reborn?
How a French journalist recruited a posse of Brazilian parking attendants and pizza-delivery guys and helped create Hollywood’s most addictive entertainment product
Meet Oleg Khintsagov, a small-time hustler in Russia who can get you dried fish, furs, Turkish chandeliers … and weapons-grade uranium. He’s not the only one.
A guide to additional releases: the Dante club; reconsidering Lincoln-Douglas; the myth of the Delta blues
Where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in Kashmir
Kashmir tries to reclaim its once-celebrated tranquility.
Lawrence Scott Sheets discusses the lawlessness of the former Soviet republics and the nuclear threat no one talks about.
The author of Interpreter of Maladies and The Namesake talks about her affinity for "plainness," why she avoids book reviews, and her new collection of short stories.