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Deleted Lines from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘

Jonny Auping satirically imagines dialogue lines from the upcoming movie ‘Solo: A Stars Wars Story‘ that didn‘t make the final cut.

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Ben Marcus Reads ‘Stay Down and Take It‘

Deborah Treisman hosts Ben Marcus on the Writer‘s Voice podcast to read his story ‘Stay Down and Take It,‘ from the May 18, 2018, issue of the magazine.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World

Douglas Preston discusses Conservation International‘s rapid-response mission to the Mosquitia region of Honduras, home to an ancient city known as the City of the Monkey God and many rare jungle species.

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Trump Says He Has No Idea Who F.B.I. Informant Might Be

In a humor piece, Andy Borowitz imagines Donald Trump struggling to figure out the identity of an F.B.I. informant who infiltrated his Presidential campaign.

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The Spiritual Nearness of Wim Wenders‘s ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word‘

Paul Elie on the German filmmaker Wim Wenders‘s new film, ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,‘ a collage of direct interviews with Francis, Vatican footage of his pontificate, and images of the causes closest to his heart.

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The Drum Majorettes of Cape Town

Anakwa Dwamena writes about the ‘Drummies,‘ groups of girls who are drum majorettes, in Cape Town, South Africa, who were photographed by Alice Munn.

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The Trump Administration Calls on Iranians to ‘Make a Choice About Their Leadership‘

Robin Wright writes about a speech by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that laid out a new strategy that puts the Trump Administration on a collision course with the Iranian government.

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The Long Fight

Amy Davidson Sorkin on how John McCain is grappling with what it means to come up against the limits of time under the Trump Administration.

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An Architect of the Iran Deal Sees Her Work Crumbling

Susan B. Glasser talks to Wendy Sherman, who led the U.S. negotiating team in the historic agreement with Iran and has cautionary words for those who are dismantling it.

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The Profound Presence of Doria Ragland

Doreen St. Flix writes about the emblematic significance of Doria Ragland, Meghan Markle‘s black mother, and her presence at the royal wedding.

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Everyone I‘ve Tried to Make Friends with This Year

Sofia Warren and Jeremy Nguyen write and illustrate a humorous account of an attempt at making new friends.

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Daily Cartoon: Monday, May 21st

In Brendan Loper‘s Daily Cartoon, Trump prepares to talk to Robert Mueller.

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Public Demands Investigation of Why F.B.I. Infiltrators in Trump Campaign Failed to Prevent Him from Being Elected

Andy Borowitz jokes that Americans have been dismayed to learn that F.B.I. infiltrators did not do more to prevent Donald Trump from being elected President.

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Will the Fervor for Impeachment Start a Democratic Civil War?

Jeffrey Toobin on thepush to remove Donald Trump from office, which may lead to disaster in the midterms.

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The Diplomat Who Quit the Trump Administration

Jon Lee Anderson onJohn Feeley, the Ambassador to Panama, for whom moral failings at home seemed to compound tactical failings abroad.

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In Rural Georgia, Black Stacey and White Stacey Face Off

The progressive gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams meets with supporters and skeptics over ribs, Charles Bethea reports.

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Giuliani vs. the Virgin

Denounced by the former mayor, collected by the controversial hedge-funder Steven A. Cohen, Chris Ofili‘s sublime elephant-dung-adorned Madonna is headed to MOMA, Tyler Foggatt writes.

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There‘s No First World War Memorial on the National Mall?

The sculptor Sabin Howard is jumping through hoops to right an art-historical wrong, Anna Russell reports.

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Briefly Noted Book Reviews

‘First Person,‘ ‘Woman at 1,000 Degrees,‘ ‘The Girl from Kathmandu,‘ and ‘Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World.‘

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How Superheroes Made Movie Stars Expendable

Stephen Metcalf on how abusiness once ruled by star power is now dominated by intellectual property.

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The Mail

Letters respond to Tad Friend‘s article on artificial intelligence, Casey N. Cep‘s history of Zora Neale Hurston‘s ‘Barracoon,‘ and Caleb Crain‘s essay on authoritarianism.

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‘Stay Down and Take It‘

Fiction by Ben Marcus: ‘There is only one road out of here, and everyone we know is on it, moaning silently, I imagine, gently rending their summer linens at this unwelcome disruption.‘

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‘To White Noise‘

Poetry by Carrie Fountain: ‘You are the sound silence / makes in its sleep.‘

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The Spectacular Personal Mythology of Rammellzee

Drawing from philology, astrophysics, and medieval history, Ramm channelled the chaos of seventies New York through his art and music, Hua Hsu writes.

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