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Black Lives Matter
August 17-24, 2015 issue
Cover art by: Steve Brodner.
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Ferlinghetti in June
Writing Across the Landscape
collects the poet’s travel diaries—which, he says, “may pass as news stories filed by a reporter from Outer Space.”
Get Ready for Scott Walker… and the Ruthless Politics of Walkerism
For the presidential candidate from Wisconsin, politics is a win-at-any-cost competition for power.
How the 2000 Election in Florida Led to a New Wave of Voter Disenfranchisement
A botched voter purge prevented thousands from voting—and empowered a new generation of voting-rights critics.
New York’s Education ‘Reform’ Movement Keeps Racking Up Victories; Here’s How the Mayor Can Fight Back
Bill de Blasio needs to offer more than universal pre-K—he needs to offer a vision.
So Long, E.L. Doctorow, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh
You were a friend, a supporter of
, and one of America’s great novelists.
How the Rich Can Keep Their Homes, Businesses, Artwork, and Wealth Tax-Free—Forever
Dynasty trusts enable the wealthy to control their assets even beyond the grave.
Why Donald Trump Is Winning
No candidate more shamelessly caters to the conservative paranoid style than “The Donald.”
Why I’m Going to Miss Jon Stewart
And how will we watch the GOP debates without him?
Katrina vanden Heuvel
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Books and the Arts
The Virtues of Difficult Fiction
If novels aren’t worthy challenges, we have no reason to linger in their pages.
at the estuary
Elements of Style
The legendary Balanchine dancer Violette Verdy embodies the alchemy that turns music into meaning.
Chucky Taylor, Liberia’s Other Monster
The fate of Liberia was ensnared by uniquely American pathologies.
Paul Beatty’s Savage Satire
takes aim at black middle-class foibles and fantasies.
Letters From the August 17-24, 2015, Issue
Bad weather, useful idiots, the oily truth, telling privilege…
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Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto