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August 5, 2021
“Zola” and the Limits of the Internet Movie
An adaptation of a viral Twitter thread only scratches the surface of how film storytelling might intersect with life online.
July 27, 2021
Letters From the August 9/16, 2021, Issue
Calling Arizona… Black Main Street… Privileged information… The bronze ceiling (
July 6, 2021
Ron Johnson Needs to Come With a Warning Label
When Johnson spreads misinformation about vaccines, he endangers Americans—and makes it harder to end the pandemic.
June 3, 2021
A Fart Joke Is Not a Pogrom
In the wake of violence in Israel and Palestine, American observers distort the conflict through the lens of their own solipsism.
June 3, 2021
A Year Lived Inside With Instagram and a Dutch Master
What Pieter de Hooch, social media, and the lockdown taught me.
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June 1, 2021
Letters From the June 14/21, 2021, Issue
You don’t say… Facts and fairness… World citizens… The revolutionary spirit… A survivor speaks (web only)…
May 17, 2021
How Profiteers Hijacked the CDC’s Covid Response
Mass death was turned into a business opportunity.
May 10, 2021
What ‘Girlhood’ Means in 2021
A conversation with Melissa Febos about her radical essays on youth and gender.
April 23, 2021
Misinformation Is Destroying Our Country. Can Anything Rein It In?
Trump is gone, but the right-wing media is alive and well—and will further undermine our democracy if we let it.
April 20, 2021
Happy Doge Day! But Hold on to Your (Digital) Wallet.
The Coinbase flotation last week shows that cryptocurrency is here to stay—and that things will only get weirder from here.