Trump’s collaborators, the genius of supermarkets, the looming bank collapse, and unloved children. Plus new fiction by Andrew Martin, the end of minimalism, Big Tech and the plague, Kevin Kwan, Ai Weiwei on the pandemic, Lauren Groff on Florida, and more.

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July/August 2020

July/August 2020

Trump’s collaborators, the genius of supermarkets, the looming bank collapse, and unloved children. Plus new fiction by Andrew Martin, the end of minimalism, Big Tech and the plague, Kevin Kwan, Ai Weiwei on the pandemic, Lauren Groff on Florida, and more.

Cover Story

History Will Judge the Complicit

Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?

Anne Applebaum

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Features

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The Pandemic Shows Us the Genius of Supermarkets

A short history of the stores that—even now—keep us supplied with an abundance of choices

Bianca Bosker

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The Looming Bank Collapse

The U.S. financial system could be on the cusp of calamity. This time, we might not be able to save it.

Frank Partnoy

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30 Years Ago, Romania Deprived Thousands of Babies of Human Contact

Here’s what’s become of them.

Melissa Fay Greene

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Fiction

Deep Cut

Andrew Martin

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Dispatches

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What Trump Should Have Learned From His Predecessors

John Dickerson

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The Social Codes of the Crazy Rich

Ryan Bradley

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The End of Minimalism

Amanda Mull

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You’re Showering Too Much

James Hamblin

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What Big Tech Wants Out of the Pandemic

Franklin Foer

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Summer Days

Amy Weiss-Meyer

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Culture & Critics

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Seamus Heaney’s Journey Into Darkness

James Parker

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The Dark Soul of the Sunshine State

Lauren Groff

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Time Has Lost All Meaning

Ai Weiwei

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The Man Who Sacked Rome

Cullen Murphy

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Departments

The Commons: Childhood in an Anxious Age

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An Ode to Insomnia

James Parker

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Poetry

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Touchy

Elizabeth Bradfield

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