Lauren P

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Trump Is Weaponizing Pardons

The president has taken a prerogative intended to temper justice with mercy, and turned it into an instrument of the culture war.<p>Beyond President Trump’s prolific dishonesty and extensive use of social media, it’s difficult to forecast what his administration’s enduring legacies may be for the …

Unfortunately, the Electric Scooters Are Fantastic

But can they succeed despite their essential dorkiness?<p>They would understand my plight in Old Europe. In ancient, barbaric days when local vassals managed petite armies, brute knights often swept into villages, declaring the inhabitants subject to new laws and new lords before riding off again with …

Electric Vehicles

So Is the North Korea Summit Back On, or What?

If Trump salvages a summit that looked dead only a week ago, it will be because he has overturned the traditional diplomatic process with North Korea.<p>Just one week after Donald Trump abruptly canceled his summit with Kim Jong Un, a flurry of diplomatic activity suggests the meeting is back on. U.S. …

Trump's New Blow to Europe

Washington’s decision to impose metal tariffs on its European allies caps a year defined by U.S.-EU divergence.<p>Before the United States announced Thursday that it would impose steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, the Europeans had already resigned themselves to their fate. After months …

Geopolitics

What Richard Pryor’s Stand-Up Can Teach Writers

The nonfiction author Cutter Wood on how the comedian’s work helped him imbue minor characters with emotional life<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann, George Saunders, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon,</b> …

Books

The Dazzling Failures of Super Mario Bros.

The grimy adaptation of Nintendo’s video game was bad, but in fascinating ways that no studio would allow a potential franchise film to be today.<p>There’s perhaps no better example of how different the Hollywood landscape was 25 years ago than the fact that Bob Hoskins was once Disney’s choice to …

A New Genetic Clue to How Humans Got Such Big Brains

Three genes that appeared during our early evolution probably increased the number of neurons in our heads—but at a cost.<p>It started with some blobs of brain-like tissue, growing in a dish.<p>Frank Jacobs, then at the University of California at Santa Cruz, had taken stem cells from humans and monkeys, …

Genetics

The Atlantic on Twitter: "Today marks Walt Whitman’s 199th birthday. Our archives contain multitudes of work both from and about the celebrated poet:"

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Writers Should Look for What Others Don't See

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic discusses the importance of noticing hidden truths—from the horrors of war to the mundane aspects of daily life.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Karl Ove Knausgaard,</b> …

But Were They Gay? The Mystery of Same-Sex Love in the 19th Century

<i>It was a time of "Boston marriages" between women and intimate letters between men. But what happened behind closed doors is anybody's guess.</i><p>In August 1890, Walt Whitman opened an awkward piece of fan mail. "In your conception of Comradeship," wrote British literary critic John Addington Symonds, …

Walt Whitman and the Soul of Democracy

<i>What's most shocking about Whitman's writing today is not his eroticism but his passionate embrace of equality</i><p>A few weeks ago, I was reading Walt Whitman, enthralled by the energy and rhythm of his poetry. It's easy to see why he was embroiled in fights with 19th-century censors. "I will go to the …

What Happened to Dinesh D'Souza?

At the peak of his powers, the conservative author's strength was engaging with his critics. Now he's content inside the right-wing bubble.<p>In the 1980s, Dinesh D’Souza received some advice from his editor. “Write for the critics. The success of your book will depend on book reviews,” D’Souza …

The Real Reason Why Republicans Could Win in California

It’s not just the state’s unusual primary system that’s hurting Democrats’ chances to win House seats this year—so is the party’s weak bench.<p>Preemptive finger-pointing is already starting among Democrats as they grow increasingly concerned that Tuesday’s California primary could deal a painful blow …

Memes Are Becoming Harder to Monetize

The online joke cycle moves too fast now for e-commerce businesses to keep up.<p>When a new meme explodes, the race to transform it into merchandise is fierce. Within hours of the laurel vs. yanny controversy, for instance, Instagram meme pages were attempting to cash in by selling …

Atheists Are Sometimes More Religious Than Christians

A new study shows how poorly we understand the beliefs of people who identify as atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular.<p>Americans are deeply religious people—and atheists are no exception. Western Europeans are deeply secular people—and Christians are no exception.<p>These twin statements are …

The Bleak Truths of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

In its fourth and final season, the Netflix comedy continues to spin its cotton-candy humor around a world that’s rotten inside.<p>The biggest joke of <i>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</i>, now in its fourth season on Netflix, is that Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is still smiling. When she emerged in 2015 from her 15-year …

Why No One Answers Their Phone Anymore

Telephone culture is disappearing.<p>The telephone swept into Americans’ lives in the first decades of the 20th century. At first, no one knew exactly how to telephone. Alexander Graham Bell wanted people to start conversations by saying, “Ahoy-hoy!” AT&T tried to prevent people from saying “hello,” …

20th Century

What Starbucks Got Right—and ABC Got Wrong—About Racism

A useful lesson in corporate contrition and the difference between trying to solve a problem and simply getting rid of one<p>On Tuesday, as the corporate headquarters of ABC Entertainment were swept up in a race maelstrom of Roseanne Barr’s making, approximately 175,000 Starbucks employees were …

Donald Trump

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