What the life of Richard Holbrooke tells us about the decay of Pax Americana
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The Health Report: One doctor’s penance for overprescribing opioids, and the trouble with dentistry. Plus George Packer on the American century’s end, Kamala Harris takes her shot, Walt Whitman and democracy, Trump’s second term, the poetry of sportswriters, yet another George Bush, and more.
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No other matchup would be as riveting—or as revealing—as Harris versus Trump. But first she has to get through the primaries.
Lou Ortenzio was a trusted West Virginia doctor who got his patients—and himself—hooked on opioids. Now he’s trying to rescue his community from an epidemic he helped start.
It’s much less scientific—and more prone to gratuitous procedures—than you may think.
America had a mind shaped by its Founders, but the country needed the poet to discover its spirit.
It’s more likely than most people think—and compared with his first term, its effects would be far more durable.
Why pickpockets love our digitally distracted age
Embracing your inner child is comforting and fun—and just might revitalize the English language.
In a time of outsider politics, can the ultimate insider resurrect his family’s brand?
Salmon on psychotropics, platypuses on prozac, and other strange tales from the wild
Investors are using real-time satellite images to predict retailers’ sales. Is that cheating?
A very short book excerpt
The Culture File
A new anthology of sportswriting celebrates the poetry written in the press box.
John Adams and John Quincy Adams’s virtuous disdain for partisanship was at the root of their failures.
A remarkable novel, Lost Children Archive, and a work of history, The End of the Myth, reckon with a walled border.
Siri Hustvedt’s new novel explores fiction’s role in feminist consciousness-raising.
A daughter explores the dark secrets of a family legacy.
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