Decades before he ran the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort’s pursuit of foreign cash and shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington.
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Why the Chinese love Trump, Paul Manafort and the corruption of U.S. politics, how we will feed the new global middle class, and why you should boycott the GOP. Plus, Mark Bowden revisits the world’s most body-conscious man, Caitlin Flanagan on Modesty Blaise, the failure of American democracy, fiction by Will Mackin, and more.
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If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees.
There are a lot of theories.
Armando Iannucci, the creator of Veep, answers questions about satire in the time of Trump and his new film, The Death of Stalin.
The myth of canine guilt
The company sells a somewhat uneasy combination of capitalist ambition and cooperative warmth.
A short guide to speaking the president’s dialect
For years, Larry Smarr has used a supercomputer to monitor his health and peer at his organs. Recently, he used his knowledge to help direct his own surgery.
“Anyone who pays for more than half of their stuff in self checkout is a total moron.”
A very short book excerpt
The Culture File
Modesty Blaise was something like Wonder Woman meets James Bond—but she was so much more, too.
The self-seriousness of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy and its imitators has finally given way to films that embrace the genre’s comic potential.
How Afghanistan’s neighbor cultivated American dependency while subverting American policy
Jamie Quatro's new novel offers deeply uncomfortable, but startlingly original, insights about human yearning.
Tara Westover's coming-of-age story follows her upbringing in a survivalist family, and her decision to leave that life behind.
Readers respond to December and January/February stories and more.
A big question