The inside story of the Clinton impeachment, why exorcisms are on the rise, and will the American left go too far? Plus an open letter to Elena Ferrante, the Democrats’ white-people problem, misinterpreting Frederick Douglass, Jack Reacher’s latest novel, addictive language apps, and more.

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December 2018

December 2018

The inside story of the Clinton impeachment, why exorcisms are on the rise, and will the American left go too far? Plus an open letter to Elena Ferrante, the Democrats’ white-people problem, misinterpreting Frederick Douglass, Jack Reacher’s latest novel, addictive language apps, and more.

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Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?

Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession.

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The Clinton Impeachment, as Told by the People Who Lived It

Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton became the first president to be impeached since Andrew Johnson, in 1868. We offer a recounting by people who played a role.

David A. Graham and Cullen Murphy

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Will the Left Go Too Far?

For the third time in a century, leftists are driving the Democratic Party’s agenda. Will they succeed in making America more equitable, or overplay their hand?

Peter Beinart

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American Exorcism

Priests are fielding more requests than ever for help with demonic possession, and a centuries-old practice is finding new footing in the modern world.

Mike Mariani

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An Open Letter to Elena Ferrante—Whoever You Are

The pseudonymous author has said all along that her identity lies in her writing. I’ve followed the literary clues. Here’s where they’ve led me.

Rachel Donadio

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Dispatches

The Democrats’ White-People Problem

Joan C. Williams

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The Benefits of a Short Attention Span

Ben Healy

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The One Direction Fan-Fiction Novel That Became a Literary Sensation

Bianca Bosker

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The Great Virginia Grape Heist

Rene Chun

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The ‘Madman’ Behind Trump’s Trade Theory

Annie Lowrey

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How to Almost Learn Italian

David H. Freedman

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The Heart Can Keep Beating After Death

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The Culture File

Jack Reacher Still Won’t Quit, 23 Books Later

James Parker

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The Queer Coming-of-Age Movie Arrives

Spencer Kornhaber

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The Confounding Truth About Frederick Douglass

Randall Kennedy

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Illustration: Lucia Berlin

Lucia Berlin’s Harrowing, Radiant Fiction

Jordan Kisner

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Everything Under Is a Dark and Mesmerizing Story About Fate

Ann Hulbert

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Departments

The Conversation: Is Democracy Dying?

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Who Is the Most Underrated Superhero?

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Poetry

Echo

Robert Morgan

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