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New Republic February 11, 2013
February 11, 2013

Welcome to Our Redesign

A Letter from Chris Hughes, The New Republic’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.Chris Hughes

From the Stacks

In 1933, The New Republic sent literary critic Edmund Wilson to observe the swearing in of FDR. He was not amused. TNR Staff

The Auteur of Unease

Kathryn Bigelow's war movies shy away from big messages. That's why they capture the post-9/11 mood so well.Hanna Rosin

The Very Private Jill Kelley

America's most famous Tampa socialite holds forth about privacy, the media, and her many important friends.Jeffrey Rosen

Sixth Time's the Charm

The first time Michael Kinsley returned to The New Republic, he got a letter that said: "I didn't know that you had gone, but I'm sorry to see that you're back." Returning again–for a sixth time–Kinsley peruses a few other classic missives.Michael Kinsley

How to Write About Sex

The only thing more common than bad sex? Bad writing about sex. A novelist describes the dangers of the smitten word.Sam Lipsyte

Labor of Love

I always thought the people at Pret A Manger liked me for me. I was wrong.Timothy Noah

What We Mean When We Say "Grow the Economy."

How did everyone start using this three-word term for enacting policies to spur economic activity? The answer involves Bill Clinton. Noreen Malone

Flu Shots in the Firehouse

In Oakland, firefighters can give you vaccinations—and may soon offer counseling about things like diabetes and asthma. Is this the future of medicine?Jonathan Cohn

This is Your Military on Drugs

In today's armed forces, performance-enhancing drugs are as common (and legal) as combat boots.Katie Drummond

Barack Obama Is Not Pleased

The president holds forth about his enemies, the media, and the future of football. And skeet shooting, too.Franklin Foer and Chris Hughes

Why Do Grandmothers Exist?

By the cold logic of evolutionary science, post-menopausal women lack obvious utility. That they manage to attain old age requires explanation.Judith Shulevitz

What They Bring to Battle

Late last year, during a particularly bad day of fighting, a band of Syrian rebels took refuge in a basement. Some pictures, via the light from a hole in the wall.Sebastiano Tomada Piccolomini

Why Social Movements Should Ignore Social Media

Groups like Occupy Wall Street embraced the open-source logic of the Internet as an organizing principle. It explains a lot about why movements fail. Evgeny Morozov

Noble and Ignoble

You'd think Ai Weiwei's persecution by the Chinese government would mean no critic would want to rip his work. You'd be wrong.Jed Perl

'Parade’s End': Ford Madox Ford’s Masterpiece Comes to the Screen

Imagine the production values of “Downton Abbey,” but aimed at a grown-up audience.David Thomson

The Night Isaiah Berlin Met John F. Kennedy

Welcome to the Era of the Light Footprint

Barack Obama's foreign policy: "light footprint," lightweight thinking. Leon Wieseltier

The Most Compelling Details From My Last Two Weeks of Reading

David Grann

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