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Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Nightmare

How the pop star’s father and a team of lawyers seized control of her life.

Sifting Silently Through Surfside’s Rubble

Sinead Imbaro and her Belgian Malinois’s quest for hints of life.

De-Adapting from the Pandemic and Trump

This year has brought about two major restart moments.

Lessons from the Tragedy in Miami

South Florida may be nearing a point at which even the best-constructed buildings are under threat.

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The Fragility of American Democracy

From the archive: a selection of pieces about our delicate political system.

New York City’s Needless Election Fiasco

A bungled vote counting brings attention to the city’s poor election administration.

The Urge to Destroy a Violin

An Instagram account reveals our respect for and loathing of classical instruments.

What Deadlines Do to Lifetimes

Can we find a balance between structuring our time and squandering it?

Can Infrastructure Spending Save a Rust Belt City?

Federal and state funding decide whether communities succeed or disappear.

A Hundred Years of the Chinese Communist Party

Beijing reverts to a belief that paranoia and suspicion are the best policies.

Enjoying the Plotless Fever Dream of Euro 2020

Fans pack the stands for shockingly good soccer matches.

The Cryptic Puzzle

Town following epic wisdom: eight letters.

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In Focus

The Coronavirus Crisis

Coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak, from the science of vaccines to the culture of quarantine.

Racial Injustice and Policing

Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and the long history of racism in America.

Dept. of Returns

Stories of life after the vaccine.

The Future of Democracy

An exploration of democracy in America.

From This Week’s Issue

Paige Williams on Kyle Rittenhouse after Kenosha, Nathan Heller on communal living, Rebecca Mead on a cockatoo art-history mystery, and more.

July 5, 2021
People gathered at a roof top to watch fireworks

“Shared Celebration,” by R. Kikuo Johnson.


You Don’t Know Me

I only met myself, like, a few years ago.

How We’re Beating the Heat

Filibustering in breathable outfits, and other summer strategies.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Reports Space-Laser Sightings

Of the lasers’ purpose, she said, “You’ll have to ask the Rothschilds that.”

Billionaires vs. the Wealth Tax

Bezos, Musk, Zuck, et al. take to the street.

“The Conjuring 4: Critical Race Theory,” Reviewed

The movie takes on the terrors we look away from the most.

Lesser-Known Rejection Stories

Before he had bees, Burt had failed partnerships with dragonflies.

Fiction & Poetry

“My Apology”

“My apology, Leffler informs me, is tone-deaf and insufficient.”


“There are no words / for why that I // can find fast / enough.”

Sam Lipsyte on the Madness of Workplaces

The author discusses his story from the latest issue of the magazine.


“You shout from the other room / You ask me how to spell boogie-woogie.”