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The Syrian Question​by Dexter Filkins
An account from the scene of Wednesday’s apparent chemical-weapon attack suggests that something new and terrible is happening in the war. What will America do now?
Jon Lee Anderson: Signs of a Massacre
David Remnick: Refugees from Syrian Terror
Rania Abouzeid: Life in the War Zone
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Letter from the Archive
Fascism On Trialby David Remnick
For this week only, we’ve unlocked Janet Flanner and Rebecca West’s 1946 reports from the Nuremberg trial…
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The Current Cinema
History in the Eyes of “The Butler”by David Denby
Lee Daniels’s new film is a fluent, fast-moving entertainment—an intricate gimmick movie with a heart…
Samuel G. Freedman: “The Butler” in Limbo
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Currency
The Failures of Steve Ballmerby Nicholas Thompson
As the C.E.O. of Microsoft, Ballmer proved to be the anti-Steve Jobs: a lousy manager who missed every major trend in technology…
John Seabrook: The Bill Gates Era (1994)
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The Surfing Revolutionaries​by Thea Traff
John Witzig’s photographs of Australia’s surfing scene in the nineteen-sixties and seventies…
Sam Sweet: Surfing’s Golden Age
William Finnegan: A Lust for the Waves (1992)
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The Snowden Leaks and the Risk to Journalistsby Lynn Oberlander
Plus: Accepting Chelsea Manning.
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Mark Zuckerberg’s Selfish Charityby Matt Buchanan
Plus: Are left-handed people smarter?
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The End of the Lusty Ladyby Lauren Smiley
Plus: Are long working hours killing us?
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Surveillance, Civil Rights, and M.L.K.by Jelani Cobb
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The First Windows
By Sky Dylan-Robbins and Matt Buchanan
The announcement of Microsoft C.E.O. Steve Ballmer’s retirement comes just a few months shy of the thirtieth birthday of Windows 1.0.
8/23 7:05 PM
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A Lack of Vision
By Matt Buchanan
It’s hard to imagine anyone loving a company as much as Steve Ballmer loves Microsoft, but Ballmer is not a visionary…
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Moises Saman in Cairo
By Thea Traff
This week, the veteran war photographer Moises Saman has been photographing Cairo, Egypt, where, beginning last Wednesday, Egyptian security forces expelled
8/23 6:02 PM
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The (Show) Trial of Bo Xilai
By Jiayang Fan
It’s a reasonable guess that anyone following the blockbuster trial of Bo Xilai, the former Chinese Communist Party boss who fell
8/23 5:00 PM
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Letter from the Archive: Janet Flanner and Rebecca West
By David Remnick
David Remnick highlights two pieces about the same event by two remarkable writers: Janet Flanner and Rebecca West.
8/23 4:53 PM
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Snowden and the Journalists: Whose Papers Are Safe?
By Lynn Oberlander
Could the N.S.A. files in the possession of Glenn Greenwald’s partner have been seized in the United States? Unlikely.
8/23 4:13 PM
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Without Andy
By Julie Hecht
Last winter, I was asked to participate in an exhibit on the life and work of Andy Kaufman, the unique performer
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Vladimir Nabokov Reads to Meby Ian Crouch
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Transgender surgery at sixteen.
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Secret Skinby Michael Chabon
An essay in unitard theory.
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How Carrie Lost Her Good Nameby Emily Nussbaum
Why is “Sex and the City” considered an embarrassment?
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Julian Assange’s mission for total transparency.
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