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Gun Shy

Funny thing about the NRA's Wayne LaPierre: He doesn't much like guns. Or people. Here’s why the gun lobby doesn’t care about finding a more cuddly spokesperson.Julia Ioffe

Oscar Grouch

The novel he'd written had become a movie that was nominated for an Oscar. But that didn't mean he'd have an open ticket to the party.Walter Kirn

Don’t Fear the Reaper

Two days with the extremely anxious drone lobby.Alec MacGillis

What We Mean When We Say “Bids Wanted in Competition.”

What we mean when we say, “Bids Wanted in Competition.”Noreen Malone

Annihilate!

The GOP, which once delighted in mocking Democratic sissies, is spending the winter complaining that President Obama is being mean to Republicans.Michael Kinsley

A More Perfect World: Thin is Beautiful

Here's Why Obama's Last Grand Plan to Control College Costs Flopped

College costs are rising. Why won’t anyone stop them?Timothy Noah

Jeffrey Eugenides’s Washington

The author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot tours the seat of power.As told to Chloe Schama

So Open It Hurts

Aaron Swartz is only the latest web prodigy to commit suicide. Why does Internet culture keep devouring its own?Noam Scheiber

House of Cads

The psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington.Marin Cogan

"You Have All the Reasons to Be Angry"

The liberation of South Africa was one of the great triumphs of the twentieth century. What happened next is one of the great disappointments of the twenty-first.Eve Fairbanks

The Future Mr. Speaker

Chris Van Hollen is talented enough to run the House. Will he ever get the chance?Robert Draper

The Strange Power of Les Mis, the Book

Why the most dramatic parts of Les Misérables are also the most politically incisive. Paul Berman

Is War Civilized?

Were princes more humanitarian than the Hague?David A. Bell

Becoming T. S. Eliot, for Better and for Worse

Now that we know so much about Eliot, are we still so curious about him?Christopher Benfey

The Revolution at Your Community Library

The transition away from card catalogs hasn't killed the library: it's spurred the innovation of new community centers.Sarah Williams Goldhagen

What Are All Our Zombies Telling Us?

There are sane young people who are not counting on living a full term. And there are things in our culture that reflect that doubt. David Thomson

A Darwinist Mob Goes After a Serious Philosopher

When Thomas Nagel’s Mind and Cosmos recently appeared, Steven Pinker took to Twitter and haughtily ruled that it was “the shoddy reasoning of a once-great thinker.” Fuck him, he explained.Leon Wieseltier

The Most Compelling Details from My Last Two Weeks of Reading

Judith Shulevitz

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