The mayor of New York on his soda ban, why he doesn't worry about approval ratings, governing in the age of Twitter, and the dumbed-down media
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Our annual Brave Thinkers list, an interview with Mike Bloomberg, the strangest potential threat to the president, the Army's culture of mediocrity, Benjamin Schwarz on the end of jazz, and more
Radical ideas from our archives, featuring Ralph Waldo Emerson, Virginia Woolf, and more
Exponential advances in synthetic biology pose a serious new national-security threat. Here's a radical proposal for how to combat it.
How a culture of mediocrity has taken hold within the Army's leadership ranks—and why America's military future depends on uprooting it.
The irony of getting away with something was that you were your own executioner. In a pang of remorse, you could open your mouth and change your life.
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How I ended up on TV debating Salafism with an Egyptian cleric
It’s never been easier to shoot a buck. So why are hunters spending billions on high-tech gear?
Why I’m abetting a rogue translation of my novel
Tom Goldstein changed how lawyers get to the Supreme Court—and how news gets out of it.
A lost flavor of the northern woods, rediscovered
- Put down your smartphone—the art of travel demands the end of multitasking.
Why we can’t break free from our TV overlords
- How Martin Amis expanded the possibilities of English prose—including my own
Productivity expert David Allen talks with James Fallows about the future of getting things done.
How America’s most vibrant music became a relic
A professor spends a season in hell.
The deeply misanthropic paintings of Caspar David Freidrich; Flannery O'Connor as protagonist