May 2023

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Cover Story

black-and-white photo of two boys sitting near porch, one with glasses
Courtesy of Jonathan Rosen

American Madness

Thousands of people with severe mental illness have been failed by a dysfunctional system. My friend Michael was one of them. Twenty-five years ago, he killed the person he loved most.

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Painting of a woman gazing down at a hanging balance scale she holds between her fingers
National Gallery of Art, Widener Collection

Vermeer’s Revelations

The artist left behind few clues about his life or intentions, but the paintings themselves teach the viewer new ways to see.


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