The meaning of the American idea in 2019
In This Issue
A nation coming apart: articles by Danielle Allen, Caitlin Flanagan, James Mattis, Tom Junod, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Serwer, and others. Plus the demise of "I'm sorry," Texas secessionists, Leslie Jamison on Garry Winogrand, the tribe of Peloton, Queen & Slim, how to raise kind kids, and more.
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Part I: On the Forces That Pull Us Apart
A tectonic demographic shift is under way. Can the country hold together?
A conversation with Tara Westover on the urban/rural divide
Why it feels like everything is going haywire
The major American parties have ceded unprecedented power to primary voters. It’s a radical experiment—and it’s failing.
Part II: Appeals to Our Better Nature
Why we need to face the best arguments from the other side
I first met him 21 years ago, and now our relationship is the subject of a new movie. He’s never been more revered—or more misunderstood.
Borrowing techniques from couples therapy to bring liberals and conservatives back together
Part III: Reconciliation & Its Alternatives
How Americans can become citizens again
Our grasp on what it takes to sustain a democracy is slipping.
The gravest danger to American democracy isn’t an excess of vitriol—it’s the false promise of civility.
And the power of stories that are unshakably true
Garry Winogrand captured ordinary groups of unknown people in all their beauty, humanity, and radiance.
Even if he loses the next election, the damage he’s done to our political system will be lasting.
Daniel Miller is fighting to divorce his state from the union.
Why public figures stopped apologizing
The director has collaborated with artists such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Issa Rae. Now she is set to premiere her debut feature film—a romance set against a backdrop of police violence.
Peloton aficionados say the latest exercise craze gives them a sense of community they sorely missed.
And start raising kind ones.
Photos from the sidelines of 2016
Culture & Critics
In The Irishman, Martin Scorsese offers a stunning elegy for a distinctly American figure: the gangster.
The University of Virginia was supposed to transform a slave-owning generation, but it failed.
Over the course of her writing career, she has explored the power and limits of personal testimony in times of crisis.
In the immediate aftermath of the Civil War, he dreamed of a pluralist utopia.
Front & Back
Readers respond to our October 2019 issue and more.
The great gonzo journalist understood America’s fractured politics long before the rest of us did.