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The Military Origins of Layering
I used to think of layering as a timeless concept. The idea of wearing many light articles of clothing rather than a few ...
The Plot Against Persona
It’s preposterous for Lana Del Rey and other musicians to deny that they’re playing characters. But in this pop landscape, ...
The U.S. Is About to Do Something Big on Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protest movement, the David to China’s Goliath, is calling out to the land of the free for help—and ...
Hollywood’s Great Leap Backward
Among the freedoms afforded to Hong Kong citizens after Britain gave up control in 1997 were freedom of speech and of the ...
The Supreme Court Is Trump’s Enforcer
The Supreme Court has been battered in the past three years—by the Merrick Garland blockade, Mitch McConnell’s electoral ...
How Democrats Conquered the City
It might be the most ironclad law of politics in 2019. Democrats win cities—period. They win in big cities, like New York, ...
Befriending the Queen of Chess
“These idols I’ve had, they were just like real human beings, not some distant star that wouldn’t even talk to you.” Every week, The Friendship Files features a conversation between The Atlantic’s ...
The Colonial Origins of Mexico’s National Dish
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is an excuse for margarita-fueled partying. But in Mexico, that date—the anniversary of a ...
Charli XCX Is Probably Not the Future of Pop, and That’s Okay
The songwriter’s cybernetic new album Charli is a complement to the mainstream, not an invasion of it. Presumably if she was ...
There Are No Nazi Memorials
Recently, a visitor to a Southern plantation wrote a viral tweet complaining about a guide who forced her to spend her ...
America’s Wildly Successful Socialist Experiment
Memphis, Tennessee, is known for lots of things: Elvis Presley and B. B. King, the blues and barbecue. All these things, and ...
Without a Functioning National Government, What’s Left?
That brings us to what will probably be the wrap-up—but who knows. Here are several more messages, starting with a long one, ...