Michael Hirschorn on how The New York Times could survive; Mark Bowden considers the hardest job in football; Ta-Nehisi Coates profiles Michelle Obama; Hua-Hsu on post-white America; James Parker on Battlestar Gallactica; Wayne Curtis on the return of the classic cocktail; and much more.
What Chuck Schumer thinks he knows about the middle class; a profile
Dispatch: Market crashes are inevitable, but financial innovation and globalization have massively increased our vulnerability to them. Unless we make big regulatory changes—changes on a global scale—we should prepare for more years like this one.
Producing NFL games is an art peculiar to the modern age. Meet Bob Fishman, master of the form
Afghanistan’s most venerable relic faces its greatest challenge.
With volatile gas prices, imploding suburban real estate, and an incoming administration, the New Urbanists seize their moment.
Is porn recession-proof?
Iron Chef, Armed-Forces style
The Basques reclaim their cultural identity, one word at a time.
Our correspondent toasts a growing trend: the return of the classic cocktail
How geeks are opening up government on the Web
A new report from the country’s top intelligence office predicts a fundamental change in America’s foreign policy—but not the change Barack Obama has promised.
A brilliant new book probes the intimate, unequal relationship between Virginia Woolf and the woman who cared for her.
Toni Morrison’s new historical novel is a monotonous series of flashbacks, larded with anachronisms.
Our new president has a feline’s legendary nimbleness and luck—but there are downsides to being a cat.
Can America’s paper of record survive the death of newsprint? Can journalism?
How to poison your guests, and other advice