The Politics Issue: A presidential Ponzi scheme, sizing up the debates, Trump’s punk-rock appeal, and female-leader backlash. Plus, museums learn to love selfies, the failure of poetry, Ta-Nehisi Coates on O. J. Simpson, and much more.

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October 2016

October 2016

The Politics Issue: A presidential Ponzi scheme, sizing up the debates, Trump’s punk-rock appeal, and female-leader backlash. Plus, museums learn to love selfies, the failure of poetry, Ta-Nehisi Coates on O. J. Simpson, and much more.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debating

When Donald Meets Hillary

Who will win the debates? Trump’s approach was an important part of his strength in the primaries. But will it work when he faces Clinton onstage?

James Fallows

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Features

‘There’s Nothing Better Than a Scared, Rich Candidate’

How political consulting works—or doesn’t

Molly Ball

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What O. J. Simpson Means to Me

His great accomplishment was to be indicted for a crime and then receive the kind of treatment typically reserved for rich white guys.

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Fiction: O

An exhibition of unintended consequences

Robert Boswell

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Illustration of three fallen soldiers, two soldiers running with guns, and one soldier firing a machine gun over a barricade.

The World Is a Thriving Slaughterhouse

Sifting through decades of testimony of people caught up in the horrors of violent zealotry, a writer grapples with what hasn’t changed in our new world of terror.

Roger Rosenblatt

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Dispatches

Fear of a Female President

Peter Beinart

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Sketch of a young, bearded man sitting cross legged, a pill in each hand and a glass of water at his feet.

The Brain Bro

Olga Khazan

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Do People Need Small Talk to Be Happy?

Stephanie Hayes

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Bill Clinton with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat at the White House in 1993.

Getting Bill Out of the House

Jeffrey Goldberg

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America’s Monopoly Problem

Derek Thompson

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Big in Denmark: The U.S. Ambassador

Amy Weiss-Meyer

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Photo illustration of face-throwing-a-kiss emoji covering the Mona Lisa's face

Please Turn On Your Phone in the Museum

Sophie Gilbert

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The Radical and the Racist

Ellen Fitzpatrick

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The Culture File

Donald Trump, Sex Pistol

James Parker

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Sympathy for the Robot

Christopher Orr

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A substitute teacher grimaces as students ignore him.

Pity the Substitute Teacher

Sara Mosle

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Haunted Womanhood

Heather Havrilesky

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Feathers lodged in a book with a target painted on the cover.

Why (Some) People Hate Poetry

Adam Kirsch

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The Gangly Texan Pianist Who Wooed Soviets During the Cold War

Ann Hulbert

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Cover to 'The Art of Rivalry' by Sebastian Smee

The Fraught Friendships of Eight Great Artists

Ann Hulbert

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Departments

The Conversation

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What Concept Most Needs a Word in the English Language?

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