Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.
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The practice is slowly being regulated out of existence. But it’s unclear where low-income Americans will find short-term loans instead.
Howard G. Buffett has spent most of his life as a farmer, with little financial support from his father—until recently. Now he runs a multibillion-dollar foundation dedicated to ending global hunger.
Even as the militant group loses ground in Iraq, many Sunnis say they have no hope for peace. One family’s story shows why.
A short story about family and class
When people see themselves as self-made, they tend to be less generous and public-spirited.
In late antiquity, the religion split the Mediterranean world in two. Now it is remaking the Continent.
Eugene Puryear explains why Sanders isn’t revolutionary enough.
Middle-class women treat the “child angels” as though they’re real, taking them to get blowouts at salons and even giving them their own seats at restaurants.
The city is transforming an old, major road into a new public park.
The downsides of dogged, single-minded persistence
A guide to bragging better
How driverless vehicles could change meetings, manufacturing, safety, and more
Popular teens are likely to become irresponsible young adults. A very short book excerpt.
The Culture File
The feral genius of Australia’s Les Murray
A new look at what humans can learn from nonhuman minds
In his 17th novel, life is preserved by cryonic freezing while the apocalypse looms.
The oldest known incarceration memoir by an African American indicts a system that destroys souls.
A short book review of The Fox Was Ever the Hunter
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