Grief, conspiracy theories, and one family’s search for meaning in the two decades since 9/11
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One family 20 years after 9/11, how the creative class broke America, and remembering Emmett Till. Plus a 17th-century priest’s radical feminism, the problem with anti-racist self-help, morning people, why Millennials love dogs, Sally Rooney, Douglas Tompkins, and more.
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Photographs from before the smoke cleared
The creative class was supposed to foster progressive values and economic growth. Instead we got resentment, alienation, and endless political dysfunction.
In 1955, just past daybreak, a Chevrolet truck pulled up to an unmarked building. A 14-year-old child was in the back.
François Poulain was ahead of his time—and ours.
It was the first sign that the 21st century would be a period of shock and disaster.
What are we going to do about it?
The only thing getting me through my 30s is a cranky, agoraphobic chihuahua named Midge.
Culture & Critics
In the writer’s classic study of world myths, women were in the background. A new book aims to change that.
Are environmental crusaders like Douglas Tompkins good for the planet?
The Irish writer has been accused of being overly sentimental and insufficiently political. In her new novel, she makes the case for her approach to fiction.
What two new books reveal about the white progressive pursuit of racial virtue
Readers respond to our June 2021 cover story and reflect on their own experiences reckoning with history and memory.
Morning people fizzle. Non-morning people get stronger as the day wears on.