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March 2, 2015

Speech Acts

A poem.

Phantom of the Orchestra

Mamoru Samuragochi’s story hit all the right notes: a deaf genius whose music inspired a nation. But the “Japanese Beethoven” wasn’t who he seemed.

Let’s Really Be Friends

A defense of online intimacy.

Workers of the Word Unite

On language and class at the copy desk.

In Praise of Meaningless Work

Mindfulness mantras are the latest tool of corporate control. 

Why Isn't the Oil Industry Worried About Hillary Clinton?

They're more worried about her campaign chair, it seems.  

Planes, Frames and Automobiles

The latest entry in a genre of photography in which actual events look like special effects from movies. 

What Boris Nemtsov's Assassination Says About Putin's Climate of Fear

In Russia, publicly opposing Putin is still incredibly dangerous. 

Faith-Healer Parents Who Let Their Child Die Should Go to Jail

And yet, most U.S. states have exemptions for parents who withhold medical care on religious grounds.

The Most Important Decision the FCC Made Last Week Wasn't on Net Neutrality

Chattanooga, Tennessee's internet is faster and cheaper than yours—and will remain that way.

What Leonard Nimoy Meant to My Nerdy Mother in 1970s Texas

Star Trek and Leonard Nimoy's Spock made all of us a little more human.

March 1, 2015

How John Boehner Can End Republicans' Shutdown Addiction

It's not ideal, but it might be his only option.

Fear of a Radical Pope

The conservative struggle for the future (and past) of the Catholic church.

Working on the Race Beat

The future of racial coverage at The New York Times and elsewhere.

February 28, 2015

What the West Got Wrong About Sex Education

It was too hot to handle—but not hot enough for students.

Can Republicans Finally Accept Gay Conservatives?

"There is certainly nothing wrong with being a gay conservative," says Log Cabin's executive director.

Black Storytellers Matter

A new documentary about playwright August Wilson evokes personal memories for a writer with shared Pittsburgh roots.

February 27, 2015

Why Leonard Nimoy Came to Embrace His Long, Prosperous Life as Spock

Several thousand actors have played Hamlet. Meanwhile, there will always be one true Spock.

The Islamic State Is Losing Iraq

A report from the war-torn country.

The Republican Plan to Win Over Millennials

Can conservatives reach an increasingly liberal generation? 

This Scientific Breakthrough Could Ruin Conservatives' Final Argument Against Same-Sex Marriage

No, children raised by gay parents aren't more likely to have emotional issues.

"Tom Steyer Is the Devil"

A dispatch from CPAC, a conference of climate deniers.

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