The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world.
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Jeffrey Goldberg interviews Obama, a preview of the new Black Panther comic, why you should quit your job, David Bowie’s resurrections, the bold history of abolition, and more
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A behind-the-scenes look at the revival of Marvel’s first black-superhero series—and an exclusive preview of the first issue
Two families, two bodies, and a wilderness of secrets
For an influential group of writers, the purpose of novels is to bear witness to the spectacle of aloneness.
What campaign-finance reformers can learn from the NRA
How one linguist creates obsessively detailed—and fully functional—languages for Game of Thrones and other shows
Even sirens, airplanes, and leaf blowers may make less noise.
A midlife career shift can be good for cognition, well-being, and even longevity.
How to make pot seem as all-American as an ice-cold beer
What a chief executive’s golf game and handwriting say about his compensation—and his leadership
What if physical activity doesn't help people lose weight? New research suggests working out might slow metabolism down.
A very short book excerpt
Why Russian civilians are embracing “patriotic glamour”
The Culture File
What made him one of rock’s most potent lyricists
Wallace Stevens answered ultimate questions in language no one had used before.
The movement gets the big, bold history it deserves.
Escaping algorithms and musical ruts
A short review of Laura Cumming’s The Vanishing Velázquez
Reflections on Jeffrey Goldberg’s interview with President Obama and our April issue
Readers weigh in on our January/February cover stories.
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