The secret to satisfaction has nothing to do with achievement, money, or stuff.
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How to find happiness: the satisfaction trap, friendship, and changing your personality. Plus the betrayal of Afghan allies, the myth of ‘the Latino vote,’ bald eagles, Sheila Heti, Method acting, lateness, and more.
The older we get, the more we need our friends—and the harder it is to keep them.
The results were mixed.
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America’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan added moral injury to military failure. But a group of soldiers, veterans, and ordinary citizens came together to try to save Afghan lives and salvage some American honor.
Why can’t America see that?
What a photographer found when he trained his camera on his own family
Culture & Critics
Thanks to the streaming wars, stars in their 40s are finally getting interesting roles.
Does acting need to be grueling to be good?
Revered as a national symbol, reviled as an actual bird
What everyone gets wrong about Sheila Heti’s fiction
Readers respond to our December 2021 cover story and more.
Either you’re early or you’re late. I choose tardiness.