In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.
In This Issue
How the new political correctness is ruining education, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s letter to his son, stopping murder in New Orleans, the GOP rewrites the Iraq War, bracing for the future in Havana, the elitist allure of Joan Didion, and more
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An editor’s note
“Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”
Since 1980, more than 260,000 black men have been killed in America. Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, is on a crusade to stop the killing.
More than 50 years later, the Southern Baptist preacher’s words resonate—even outside of America.
Today’s college students can’t seem to take a joke.
What will happen to the Cuban city when American tourists arrive?
“What’s it like?,” Natalie said quietly. “Marriage, I mean.” Mathilde said, “Kipling called it a very long conversation.”
Having misunderstood the Iraq War, U.S. Republicans are taking a dangerously hawkish turn on foreign policy.
Hervé This, the father of molecular gastronomy, thinks the meals of the future should be constructed from chemical compounds.
What recent research says about fraud, errors, and other dismaying academic problems
The probes into bank fraud leading up to the financial industry’s crash have been quietly closed. Is this justice?
How offices will change—for better and for worse
Why the French seem like such aggressive drivers
A very short book excerpt
The Culture File
Stories of the famous writers of Oxford
His latest targets: web sleuths and feminists
A big biography looks at the author’s legacy of cool.
In her 70s, she’s as eager as ever for sex and adventure.
Once again, the author comes up with a fantastic fable about colliding worlds.
Responses and reverberations
What fictional city (or other locale) would you most like to inhabit?