Invention alone can’t change the world; what matters is what happens next.
In This Issue
The Progress Report: Why American progress has stalled, the rise of the supertall, and seeing Earth from space. Plus the end of humanity, Marjorie Taylor Greene, solving homelessness, mood swings, Cormac McCarthy, Shirley Hazzard, the return of the Old West, and more.
The Progress Report
The rise and rise and rise of the supertall skyscraper
The question is how.
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On the ground in the Georgia congresswoman’s alternate universe
A disparate group of thinkers says we should welcome our demise.
In our popular culture and in our politics, we’re returning to the Old West.
And why everyone’s ignoring it
To my grandmother, and perhaps to the country whose resilience she shares
Culture & Critics
One hundred years after the publication of The Waste Land, its vision has never been more terrifying.
Any writer with an interest in probing “American magic and dread”—to borrow a phrase from the novel—is probably in conversation with Don DeLillo, whether or not she knows it.
His two new novels are the pinnacle of a controversial career.
Scandals have taken a toll, and faith is flagging in Europe and the U.S. But Catholicism isn’t on the wane—it’s changing in influential ways.
What Shirley Hazzard’s life can, and can’t, tell us about her fiction
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