Elite schools breed entitlement, entrench inequality—and then pretend to be engines of social change.
In This Issue
Private schools and inequity, fixing the internet, America’s reliance on special ops, and understanding long COVID. Plus new fiction by Paul Yoon, pandemic merch, Beirut after the blast, Kazuo Ishiguro’s radiant robot, Sam Sifton’s no-recipe recipes, and more.
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A growing number of clinicians are on an urgent quest to find treatments for a frighteningly pervasive problem. They’ve had surprising early success.
Our democratic habits have been killed off by an internet kleptocracy that profits from disinformation, polarization, and rage. Here’s how to fix that.
They’ve become a major military player—and maybe a substitute for strategic thinking.
A short story
As religious faith has declined, ideological intensity has risen. Will the quest for secular redemption through politics doom the American idea?
How merch became a staple of the pandemic
Last summer’s explosion in Beirut devastated much of the city. My efforts to repair my apartment reveal a lot about how Lebanon works—and doesn’t.
History suggests that corrosive change can be hard to see while it’s happening.
A walk in the park on a miniature scale
Culture & Critics
In his life as in his fiction, the author pursued the shameful, the libidinous, the repellent.
Adored guru and reviled provocateur, he dropped out of sight. Now the irresistible ordeal of modern cultural celebrity has brought him back.
Kazuo Ishiguro returns to masters and servants with a story of love between a machine and the girl she belongs to.
Sam Sifton’s exciting, but daunting, invitation to improvise
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Uncross those aching legs, solemn sitter.