Plus, Justin Trudeau’s reelection bid forces the left to ask whether it prioritizes policy victories or ideological purity, and Hannah Giorgis reports on the problem with fixating on botched-plastic-surgery stories
TheAtlantic: Weekly Wednesday Sep 22, 2021
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Go for a Walk

What I learned about transcendence from a very boring 100-mile trek

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Most Hollywood Writers’ Rooms Look Nothing Like America

Could that finally be changing?

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The Dark Underside of Representations of Slavery

Will the Black body ever have the opportunity to rest in peace?

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You Might Want to Wait to Get a Booster Shot

There are no simple rules for timing on a third jab—but maybe don’t rush it.

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Why Biden Bet It All on Mandates

The president’s decision could cost Democrats in 2022 and 2024. He doesn’t care.


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Moral Perfection Can Wait

Justin Trudeau’s reelection bid forces the left to ask whether it prioritizes policy victories or ideological purity.

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Parents Are Lying to Get Their Little Kids Vaccinated

It’s surprisingly easy to get unauthorized COVID-19 vaccines for 10- and 11-year-olds who can “pass” for 12.

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The Danger of Treating Everything as an Emergency

To declare a crisis without a limiting principle is to invite abuse.

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Can Eric Schmitt—Missouri’s anti-mandate attorney general—sue his way to the U.S. Senate?

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What the Never Trumpers Want Now

The former cultural core of the GOP is exiting the party. The Democrats should keep those voters in their corner. Here’s how to do it.

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The Culture War Over ‘Pregnant People’

Some advocates on the left want America to talk about pregnancy and birth in gender-neutral terms. But this language change might not be so easy for the country to embrace.

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What Makes a Black Woman Real?

The problem with fixating on botched-plastic-surgery stories

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The Morning Show Has Become a Camp Masterpiece

Just embrace the chaos.