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Can Donald Trump Learn from Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill?

On April 28, 1982, fifteen months into his first term, President Ronald Reagan went up to Capitol Hill to meet with Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of the House. The two Irish-American politicians had to that point been bitter enemies. As Reagan had pursued his conservative agenda of tax cuts, …

Ronald Reagan

My Ideal New York-Based “Fast & Furious” Movie

T<i>he eighth “Fast & Furious” movie, “The Fate of the Furious,” is coming out on April 14th. It is the first movie in the franchise to be set in New York City. I’m very excited to see how the film portrays the city in which I live. So excited, in fact, that I’ve drafted the following pitches:</i><p>Vin …

Movies

The Gong Show, with Donald Trump

In the summer of 1976, the television producer Chuck Barris brought to NBC his most successful idea: “The Gong Show,” which today is probably remembered more for its name than its content. The idea was to let distinctly odd performers compete before a panel of B-list celebrities. If an act was …

Donald Trump

When Is It Time to Retreat from Climate Change?

Isle de Jean Charles, a stitch of land on the tattered southern fringe of Louisiana, is thin and getting thinner. Battered by storms and sea-level rise, and deprived of revitalizing sediment from the Mississippi River, its surface area has shrunk by ninety-eight per cent since 1955, and its …

Climate Change

What the Russian Protests Mean for Putin

Sunday in Moscow was a bright spring day, chilly but clear, and by the time I made my way to Tverskaya Street, Moscow’s main thoroughfare, the sidewalks were full of people strolling up, toward Pushkin Square, and down, toward Red Square and the red-brick towers of the Kremlin. They had come out …

Russia

Agnès Varda’s Art of Being There

Movie theatres used to be more like art galleries. Many viewers went without regard to showtimes and dropped in on a movie in progress, staying again to watch from the start to their own entry point (thus, the origin of the phrase “This is where I came in”). Now moviegoing—expensive and rare—is …

Independent Film

“Get Out” and the Death of White Racial Innocence

As “Get Out” climbs above the hundred-million-dollar mark at the box office and starts to open around the world, I keep thinking of my original viewing of the film, in downtown Brooklyn, where I could count all the white people in the large movie theatre on one hand. When Chris Washington (Daniel …

Racism

The Sriracha Argument for Immigration

Recently, I drove to a distant corner of Toronto in search of rosewater-scented phyllo. The destination was Crown Pastries, a two-year-old Syrian bakery wedged between a Subway and an adult-video store. Founded by two brothers who emigrated from Aleppo in 2009, Crown Pastries—though located in a …

Restaurants

The Official United Airlines Dress Code

United Airlines barred two teenage girls from boarding a flight on Sunday morning and required a child to change into a dress after a gate agent decided the leggings they were wearing were inappropriate.—the <i>Times</i>.<p>The United Airlines dress code outlines corporate expectations for clothing worn by …

Airlines

Beauty and the Bestiality

The half-buried truth about Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is that, in the end, the prince is a letdown. At the end of the 1991 cartoon, when the enchantment is lifted, he looks incomplete, vaguely embryonic—a smooth-skinned creature with maidenly bedhead and a tentative smile. Even for a viewer …

Beauty and the Beast

Two NASA Engineers Try Out Politics

When Natalia Sanchez was fourteen, she travelled from her home in Bogotá, Colombia, to San Francisco to spend the summer with an aunt. During her stay, she took dozens of pictures of freeways—the on-ramps and off-ramps, the way the roads overlapped. “To me, it looked like ‘The Jetsons,’ “ Sanchez …

Government

Can We Slow Global Warming and Still Grow?

On March 17th, the International Energy Agency announced that 2016 marked the third year in a row that global carbon emissions had stayed at the same level while the world’s economy grew. This three-time repeat has put to rest any lingering suspicions of gremlins in the data. Something new is …

Climate Change

This Week in Fiction: John Lanchester on Ghost Stories

<i>Your story in this week’s issue, “Signal,” is set at an English country-house party over New Year’s Eve. It’s a very twenty-first-century country-house party—the host, an old college friend of the narrator’s, is some kind of finance gazillionaire (“the kind of rich that even other people who were</i> …

Popular Fiction

Firewall

Last Monday, twenty-one public-school students burst through the door of a building at Thirty-ninth Street and Lancaster Avenue, in West Philadelphia, for a session of Fake News Finders, an after-school workshop run by the nonprofit group Mighty Writers. An eight-year-old named Thomas parked his …

Fake News

The Apathetic

Why are refugee children falling unconscious?<p>Georgi, a Russian refugee who came to Sweden with his family when he was five years old, could talk at length about the virtues of the Volvo. His doctor described him as “the most ‘Swedeified’ in his family.” He was also one of the most popular boys in …

Refugees

Signal

John Lanchester reads.<p>I tried to give the children an etiquette lesson while we were waiting at King’s Cross on December 30th.<p>“You aren’t allowed to ask for the Wi-Fi password before you say hello,” I said. “That’s the main thing.”<p>“Uncle Mike won’t care,” said Toby, who was nine.<p>“He’s nice,” said …

Mind

Obstacle Course

Abortion hasn’t been banned. So why has it become so hard to get one?<p>At a town-hall meeting in Green Bay, Wisconsin, last March, Donald Trump was prompted for his views about abortion. He’d been pro-choice once, but as a Presidential candidate he was an eager, if ill-informed, pro-lifer. Much of …

Abortion

Capture the Flag

A few years ago, after he starred in “Transformers,” the actor Shia LaBeouf seemed poised to become the next Johnny Depp; instead, he started behaving more like the next James Franco. In 2014, he showed up at the Berlin Film Festival wearing a tuxedo, with a brown paper bag over his head. This was …

Shia LaBeouf

What I Have in Common with Trump

The forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us.<i>—Barack Obama.</i><p>I love television.<p>I have almost zero understanding of international politics.<p>I have not exercised in 2017.<p>I have never read the second half of “Infinite Jest.”<p>I have never read “The Art of the Deal,” by Donald Trump.<p>I …

Finding Dory

The Algorithm Will See You Now

When it comes to diagnosis, will A.I. replace the M.D.?<p>One evening last November, a fifty-four-year-old woman from the Bronx arrived at the emergency room at Columbia University’s medical center with a grinding headache. Her vision had become blurry, she told the E.R. doctors, and her left hand …

Machine Learning

The God Pill

Silicon Valley’s quest for eternal life.<p>On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above the rest of Los Angeles, Norman Lear’s living room was jammed with powerful people eager to learn the secrets of longevity. When the symposium’s first speaker asked how many people there wanted to …

Longevity

The Fugitive

Bill Knott’s private poetry.<p>Near the counter of the old, lamented Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop in Boston, there were boxes of ephemera: the standard hodgepodge of mangy postcards, wedding announcements, lobby cards, 45s, hippie stickers and patches, Civil Defense pamphlets and evacuation maps, poker …

Poetry

Real Numbers

On January 22, 1930, not quite three months after the stock-market crash and the ensuing economic collapse, the <i>Times</i>, in a front-page article, quoted President Herbert Hoover saying that “the tide of employment has changed in the right direction.” His Secretary of Labor, James J. Davis, citing …

U.S. Secretary of Labor

Tax Help from H&R Block for Robots

Good morning, Q88R27F, and welcome to H&R Block! Have a seat on our wireless charging pad while we take a moment to retrieve your data.<p>Let’s get started! In order for us to make sure you receive the largest refund possible, please verify that the following information is correct:<p>Name (Last, First, …

Taxes

Case Studies

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the diminutive liberal colossus of the Supreme Court, has built a distinguished record as a Justice, but her legacy as a nominee is more dubious. In her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in 1993, she refused to answer most questions about how, if …

Neil Gorsuch

Liberal Think Pieces That Will Make You Question the Fabric of Space and Time

“Is Coconut Oil Making Us Very, Very Weak?”<p>“I Moved Into a House So Tiny That I Am No Longer Visible to the Human Eye”<p>“Should We Stop Resisting Trump and Just Vaporize Into a Cloud of Enlightenment Dust?”<p>“Why the Next Democratic Front-Runner Is Going to Be This Shelter Cat”<p>“Are Those Rainbow Bumper …

Solar Panels

Food Fights

Does fat make you fat, or is sugar the real culprit?<p>In the early nineteen-sixties, when cholesterol was declared an enemy of health, my parents quickly enlisted in the war on fat. Onion rolls slathered with butter, herring in thick cream sauce, brisket of beef with a side of stuffed derma, and …

Obesity

Tommy Haas Confronts Tennis’s Future

Tommy Haas, the thirty-eight-year-old German tennis player, was once one of the top players on the A.T.P. tour; he is now one of the oldest. He is also now the tournament director of the BNP Paribas Open, at Indian Wells—the kind of corporate job typically held by people known for their …

Roger Federer

Heaven’s Tomboy: A Rock Musical About Joan of Arc

For centuries, Joan of Arc has been used for political purposes, and that makes sense. Born in 1412, in the middle of the Hundred Years’ War, Joan saw her country overrun—fields scorched, cattle slaughtered—by English soldiers fighting for dominion over France. At the age of thirteen, as she later …

Joan of Arc

The Problem with Poetry Students, and Other Lessons from Derek Walcott

One night in the fall of 2002, I was out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant with the poet Derek Walcott, who had been my professor in the graduate poetry program at Boston University. Another of my former teachers, the poet Kenneth Koch, had died recently, and in my purse was a remembrance of Koch …

Poetry