September 2020

In This Issue

How the virus won, America’s denial about racism, China’s AI surveillance state, what MasterClass really sells, and novelist Gayl Jones. Plus racial-progess myths, how protest works, Elena Ferrante’s latest, Erin Brockovich, looking for Frederick Douglass, Putin’s rise, and more.

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Jonathan Djob Nkondo

The Panopticon Is Already Here

Xi Jinping is using artificial intelligence to enhance his government’s totalitarian control—and he’s exporting this technology to regimes around the globe.

Illustration with Serena Williams, Natalie Portman, Gordon Ramsay, Malcolm Gladwell
Illustration by Jade Purple Brown; Graham Denholm / Getty; Jérôme Favre / Bloomberg / Getty; MasterClass

What Is MasterClass Actually Selling?

The ads are everywhere. You can learn to serve like Serena Williams or write like Margaret Atwood. But what MasterClass really delivers is something altogether different.


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