If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse.
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The autocrats are winning, the antiquities cop, death comes to the boxing ring, and France’s God complex. Plus the end of trust, the advertising singularity, BBQ chips, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Mozart and forgiveness, new fiction by hurmat kazmi, and more.
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Inside the Manhattan DA’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit
In 2019, Charles Conwell unintentionally ended Patrick Day’s life with his fists. Now he’s trying to make sense of his life, and boxing itself.
How the country came to view religion as a threat to national identity
A short story
Artificially intelligent advertising technology is poisoning our societies.
Suspicion is undermining the American economy.
American consumers can’t resist the lure of a well-designed container.
Technicolor scenes from a bygone Miami Beach
Culture & Critics
Brazilian jiu-jitsu has been compared to chess, philosophy, even psychoanalysis. But its real appeal is on the mat.
Lizards’ feet are morphing, squid are shrinking, rats’ teeth are getting shorter. What’s in store for us?
In his thrillingly transgressive opera The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart pulled off his most amazing musical feat.
How Transcendentalism, the American philosophy that championed the individual, caught on in tight-knit Concord, Massachusetts
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Void of nutritional value, divorced from the intense culinary process that is actual barbecuing, irresistible