How 1 million black families were ripped from their farms, life with Lyme disease, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the lunch ladies of New Canaan. Plus Leslie Jamison on pregnancy after an eating disorder, meritocracy’s miserable winners, HBO’s sex-scene coach, how economists broke America, Clarence Thomas, and more.

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September 2019

September 2019

How 1 million black families were ripped from their farms, life with Lyme disease, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the lunch ladies of New Canaan. Plus Leslie Jamison on pregnancy after an eating disorder, meritocracy’s miserable winners, HBO’s sex-scene coach, how economists broke America, Clarence Thomas, and more.

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The Great Land Robbery

The shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms

Vann R. Newkirk II

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Tray with food and cash.

Secrets and Lies in the School Cafeteria

A tale of missing money, heated lunchroom arguments, and flaxseed pizza crusts

Sarah Schweitzer

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Lyme Disease Is Baffling, Even to Experts

But new insights are at last accumulating.

Meghan O'Rourke

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What Happened to Aung San Suu Kyi?

A human-rights icon’s fall from grace in Myanmar

Ben Rhodes

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Pregnant woman

The Quickening

A story of two births

Leslie Jamison

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Dispatches

How Life Became an Endless, Terrible Competition

Daniel Markovits

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The Endangered Sex Scene

Kate Julian

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The Dutch War on Tourists

Rene Chun

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Illustration: washing machine with speaker on yellow background

Why Washing Machines Are Learning to Play the Harp

Laura Bliss

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Scientifically Proven Sources of Sex Appeal

Ben Healy

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Man sits on top of video game remote.

Games Boys Play

Spencer A. Klavan

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The HR Department of the World

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The Culture File

Job looks up at red asterisk.

And Then Job Said Unto the Lord: You Can’t Be Serious

James Parker

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How Economists’ Faith in Markets Broke America

Sebastian Mallaby

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Illustration of women on the floor hugging their legs to their chests.

Edna O’Brien’s Lonely Girls

Terrence Rafferty

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Collage of Clarence Thomas

Deconstructing Clarence Thomas

Michael O'Donnell

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Where Goodness Thrives

Ann Hulbert

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Departments

The Conversation: Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think

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Toto from the Wizard of Oz wears 3-D glasses.

What Is the Greatest Movie Quote of All Time?

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Poetry

Memory Song

Mark Jarman

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