April 2021

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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  • illustration of a stained glass window of the U.S. Capitol dome with stars
    Illustration by Paul Spella / Rendering by Patrick White

    America Without God

    As religious faith has declined, ideological intensity has risen. Will the quest for secular redemption through politics doom the American idea?

  • illustration of cracked glass and rose border over vintage black-and-white photo of Beirut
    Photo illustration by Rana Salam; images courtesy of the artist

    After the Blast

    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.

  • Illustration of Joseph-Noël Sylvestre painting of the sack of Rome with Trump and Q paraphernalia
    Illustration by Nicolás Ortega; Joseph-Noël Sylvestre, ‘The Sack of Rome in 410 by the Vandals’ (1890). Fine Art Images / Getty.

    No, Really, Are We Rome?

    History suggests that corrosive change can be hard to see while it’s happening.

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