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Top Ten of 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, we’re proud to present our top-ten most-read print essays of the year, listed below in reverse order. The topics […]

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“Don’t You Kneel”

WHEN THE EDITORS of this magazine began to talk about how to address this summer’s uprisings—hundreds of thousands taking to the streets in hundreds of American cities […]

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Issue 23

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Issue 22

This annotated table of contents offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 22.

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Issue 21

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Best of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we’re proud to present our top-ten most-read print essays of the year, listed below in reverse order. Although their […]

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Being a Kid

What do you think is the best part of being a kid?

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Working with the Earth

This fall and winter we invited people who work with the land—farmers, ranchers, foresters, ecologists and others—to tell us what they think the earth is […]

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Skin in the Game

After the midterms, we had our writers and editors reflect on what the election meant to them.

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Letter on Justice

Franz Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony” begins with a Traveler, described as a “great Western explorer,” learning about a “peculiar apparatus” of justice.

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Living in Prison

This summer, in partnership with Chicago Books to Women in Prison, we distributed a short survey to incarcerated women across the country, inviting them to tell us about their experience of living in prison.

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Intellectuals in Crisis

Intellectual Ex-Radicals and World Reaction: The Crisis of the Disillusioned Fellow-Travelers of Bolshevism Is Not the Same as a “Crisis of Marxism” (Trotsky 1939) The Intellectual: […]

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The Life of the Mind

By some indicators we are entering a new Dark Age: anti-intellectual fervor is raging, suspicion of experts is at an all-time high and appeals to reason are dismissed as passé.

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Survey: What is church for?

We invited priests and pastors from across the country to participate in a short survey about the joys, challenges and day-to-day work of leading a church in contemporary America.

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Letter on Reformation

If you happened to log onto Facebook around Thanksgiving, you might have seen these words, blinking in white against an emergency-red background: “URGENT: If you’re not freaking out right now about net neutrality you’re not paying attention.”

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Endgame

Finally, in Samuel Beckett, we have our poet-laureate of climate change.

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Comedy Studies

The following are actual titles of papers published in peer-reviewed academic journals.

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Letter on Satire

What to do on Saturday night is a philosophical problem. Notwithstanding the scheduling idiosyncrasies created by our “flexible” economy, it remains the time of week we are least able to avoid asking ourselves: What do we want?

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This Land Is My Land

Immigration was a central issue of the 2016 presidential campaign, though until his first week in office it was unclear whether Trump really intended to build […]

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Democracy in America

Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America arrives at an auspicious time. The French sociologist came initially to America to prepare a report on criminal justice, but he ultimately widened his purview to encompass the whole of American society.

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