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Money Pit The sheikh who can’t remember how many villas and castles he owns

Sounding the Alarm Thomas Chatterton Williams, an originator of Harper’s “Letter on Justice and Open Debate,” on cancel culture and the future of free speech

The End or the Beginning? Anne Applebaum says democracy is in its final days. The author says, Not so fast

Signifying Nothing The coronavirus is not here to teach humanity a lesson. Beware of its self-proclaimed interpreters

An Outsize Burden America’s Black elite deserve to be reckoned with on their own terms—not those created by the media

Gondoliers’ Row In Venice, a rule favoring the offspring of gondoliers sparked fury. Its defenders point to the importance of passing the tradition from father to son

July 29, 2020

Bee List The planet’s most vital species has life lessons for these turbulent times

Worst. Bond Villain. Ever. Beleaguered Facebook C.E.O. Mark Zuckerberg disrupts Hawaii

Flying Start With help from Rolls-Royce, makers of the Concorde engines, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is at work on a jet that will cross the Atlantic in under two hours

August 5, 2020

Lily Cole The British model who has shifted her focus from the fashion industry to environmental activism

So, Maybe You Should Toke with the Rabbi? For weed-loving Jews, edibles are manna. But a kosher option? Not so easy

Record Scratch A Hamptons charity event calling itself Safe & Sound was anything but. Working the turntables was Goldman Sachs C.E.O. David “DJ D-Sol” Solomon

Breeding Anxiety: Gay-Dad Stress Disorder With their surrogate babies, Anderson Cooper and other wealthy men spark an identity crisis

Hot Priest The young, handsome vicar charming the streets of London with Judy Collins’s “Amazing Grace”

Days of Whine and Rosés The Hamptons put the “distance” in social distancing

Up in Flames As Burning Man goes virtual, a new documentary reveals what really goes down on the playa

Cocaine Blues The white powder has become so ubiquitous among London’s middle class that it’s losing its edge

August 26, 2020

Wild Wheels On what would have been festival weekend, photographs by Scott London celebrate Burning Man’s most eccentric rides

The Official Wheels of Squaresville? The new Citroën Ami looks like a Playmobil, but it could be the future of driving

Mob Rule During the plague years, Milan’s criminal gangs controlled the streets. When cholera hit, they disposed of corpses. Now, Roberto Saviano says the mafia is behind a major coronavirus response

September 8, 2020

Planes Have Changed While You Were Away In the Flying-V, passengers will sit in the wings. It’s also better for the environment

Call Girl Talking dirty on an actual phone is the new sexting

It’s Just Not Cricket The world’s snootiest sporting club is being rocked by revolt from within