Why boys crack up at rape jokes, think having a girlfriend is “gay,” and still can’t cry—and why we need to give them new and better models of masculinity
In This Issue
The miseducation of the American boy, John Hendrickson on Joe Biden's stutter, 20,000 feet under the sea, and a thriving conservative-Catholic community in Kansas. Plus Charlize Theron, Silicon Valley's failure to deliver, the myth of free shipping, how flamenco went pop, and more.
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It’s underwater—and the consequences are unimaginable.
Feeling out of step with the mores of contemporary life, members of a conservative-Catholic group have built a thriving community in rural Kansas. Could their flight from mainstream society be a harbinger for the nation?
His verbal stumbles have voters worried about his mental fitness. Maybe they’d be more understanding if they knew he’s still fighting a stutter.
Textbooks can be revised, but historic sites, monuments, and collections that memorialize ugly pasts aren’t so easily changed. Lessons from the struggle to update the Royal Museum for Central Africa, outside Brussels.
The toxicity of the web is peanuts compared with Big Tech’s failure to remake the physical world.
The making of Bombshell and the eerie similarities between Roger Ailes and Harvey Weinstein
How retailers hide the costs of delivery—and why we’re such suckers for their ploys
It’s easy to forget how unforeseeable the “unforeseeable” really is.
A photograph by Joshua Dudley Greer
Culture & Critics
The Spanish star Rosalía has made the harrowing music of Andalusia into a global phenomenon.
The self-sabotaging rage of the New York Times columnist
Ida Tarbell championed reportorial methods and investigative goals that are as potent today as ever.
Drawn into the tech world, a 20-something wonders why she—and the rest of us—didn’t wise up to the grandiose myopia sooner.
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Your body begins to betray you. You have neither the vitality of youth nor the license of old age. But being over the hill has its pleasures.