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When “Creatives” Turn Destructive: Image-Makers and the Climate Crisis
If money is the oxygen on which the fire of global warming burns, then P.R. campaigns and snappy catchphrases are the kindling.
By Bill McKibben
On and Off the Avenue
The Second Life of Princess Diana’s Most Notorious Sweater
A reissue of the black-sheep sweater sells a new generation on the empowerment narrative of Diana’s fashion choices.
By Rachel Syme
The New Vatican Report and the Church’s Failures
The example of Theodore McCarrick demonstrates the Church’s inability to deal with sexual abuse in frank, clear terms.
By Paul Elie
Annals of Inquiry
How Close Is Humanity to the Edge?
Toby Ord, a philosopher who studies our species’s “existential risk,” has been both frightened and encouraged by our response to the pandemic.
By Corinne Purtill
From the best-selling author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Testaments”
In her latest book of poetry, Margaret Atwood “infuses her newest poems with the flinty wit and surefire lucidity readers cherish in her best-selling, influential fiction” (Booklist). “Dearly” is filled “with reflections on life and death, time and change, nature and zombies” (Washington Post). On sale now
“The Old Man in the Piazza”
“This little piazza in this little town contains a sage of such profundity that he can resolve all your disagreements on the spot.”
By Salman Rushdie
Culture and More
Danielle Evans’s Sublime Short Stories of Race and Belonging
“The Office of Historical Corrections,” an extraordinary new collection of fiction, examines alienation and the phantasmagoria of racial performance.
By Katy Waldman
The Front Row
Five Movies About Royals to Compete with “The Crown”
Royalty gives rise to artistic revelations, and movies about monarchs are an international counterpart to the American Western, an inescapably and essentially political genre.
By Richard Brody
Humor and Puzzles
I Believe That Marriage Is a Sacred Union
Marriage is a never-ending finger trap between the one who accidentally called their partner “my fiancé” at a Christmas party and the one who smiled ominously and said, “No take-backs.”
By Taylor Kay Phillips
Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You
Highly disturbing objects and scenarios to avoid.
By Barry Blitt
The Weekend Puzzle
Title conveyance in a 1947 Tennessee Williams play: nine letters.