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Boris Johnson for Prime Minister, and Other Ways that the Brexit Mess Could Get Even Worse

Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Boris Johnson, a pro-Brexit member of Parliament and, most recently, the former foreign secretary in Prime Minister Theresa May‘s cabinet who is expected to make a bid to succeed May when she steps down or is removed.

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‘The Society,‘ Reviewed: A Teen Dystopia, but with, Like, Socialism

Doreen St. Flix writes on ‘The Society,‘a new dystopian Netflix show about privileged Connecticut high-schoolers who have to create a new society.

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America!: Secret Suffragette Accessories

Ali Fitzgerald humorously imagines suffragette fashions from the early nineteen-hundreds that may soon be coming back into style.

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A Political Economist on How China Sees Trump‘s Trade War

Isaac Chotiner talks to Victor Shih about the biggest dangers to the Chinese economy, what the Communist Party thinks of President Trump, and whether China has entered a new era of repression.

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Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, May 22nd

Lisa Rothstein‘s Daily Cartoon plays ‘Jeopardy!‘ against James Holzhauer.

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The Unexpected Power of Your Old Neighborhood

Carlo Rotella writes about his childhood neighborhood, in South Shore, Chicago, the important role neighborhoods have in one‘s development, and how changes in lower-class communities reflect larger trends.

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Ingeborg Bachmann‘s ‘Malina‘ Is the Truest Portrait of Female Consciousness Since Sappho

Rachel Kushner writers about Ingeborg Bachmann‘s ‘Malina,‘ a 1971 novel about female desire and loss of self.

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In Kashmir, Indian Democracy Loses Ground to Millennial Militancy

Raghu Karnad writes about the growing violence between Indian government forces and Kashmiri militants, in the run-up to and during India‘s national election.

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The Koch Brothers‘ Kama Sutra

Casey Rand writes a humorous version of the Kama Sutra, tailored to the doings of the conservative oil-barons David and Charles Koch.

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The Rock Critic Robert Christgau‘s Big-Hearted Theory of Pop

David Cantwell writes about the rock critic Robert Christgau and his essay collections ‘Book Reports: A Music Critic on His First Love, Which Was Reading‘ and ‘Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017.‘

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Eurovision‘s Sanitized Vision of Israel

Naomi Fry writes about how the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Tel Aviv and featured Madonna, Quavo, Hatari, and Gal Gadot, seemed intent on presenting Israel as untouched by political tensions.

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How Jeff Koons‘s ‘Rabbit‘ Became Big Game

Andrea K. Scott on Jeff Koons‘s record-breaking art work ‘Rabbit,‘ which is now the most expensive work by a living artist.

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The Joy of Spring

Tim Peacock humorously illustrates the joys of spring.

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The Underrated Pleasures of Eating Dinner Early

Lauren Collins on mealtimes in different countries, and the delights of an early dinner.

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What ‘Game of Thrones‘ Could Have Taught Us About Electoral Politics

Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the muddled politics of royal succession in the series finale of ‘Game of Thrones.‘

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The Trump Administration Is Selling out Hundreds of Millions of Cell-Phone Users

John Cassidy writes about the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, and how the Trump Administration is putting big corporations ahead of consumers.

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Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, May 21st

Frank Cotham‘s Daily Cartoon gives the President some advice.

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The Voraciousness and Oddity of Dora Maar‘s Pictures

Brian Dillon on work of the the Surrealist photographer Dora Maar, who had a relationship with the artist Pablo Picasso and documented the painting of ‘Guernica.‘

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In Elvia Wilk‘s ‘Oval,‘ Earth, Capitalism, and the Human Species Sink Toward Doom

Katy Waldman reviews Elvia Wilk‘s novel ‘Oval,‘ in which earth, capitalism, and the human species sink toward doom.

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A Letter from Earth Classic

Larry Doyle writes a humorous letter to his counterpart in a parallel universe, formed after Trump refused to concede the 2020 election.

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The Alarming Return of Nigel Farage

Sam Knight on the nationalist British politician Nigel Farage, who recently launched the Brexit Party, whose only stated aim is to remove Britain from the E.U. without a deal.

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Ben Lerner Reads ‘Ross Perot and China‘

Deborah Treisman hosts the author Ben Lerner, who reads his short story ‘Ross Perot and China,‘ from the May 27, 2019, issue of The New Yorker

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My Brother Tom‘s Schizophrenia

Marin Sardy, the author of ‘The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia,‘ writes about her brother‘s struggles with schizoaffective disorder and homelessness, in their home state of Alaska.

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A Philosopher of Law on the Dangers of Trump‘s Plan to Pardon American War Criminals

Isaac Chotiner interviews Scott Shapiro, a professor of law and philosophy at Yale and the co-author, with Oona A. Hathaway, of ‘The Internationalists: How A Radical Plan To Outlaw War Remade the World.‘

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