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

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

Voyage of the Damned The harrowing inside story of the coronavirus-ravaged cruise ship with 2,500 passengers that no one wanted

Capital Offenses The latest battleground in the push for racial justice? The copydesk

Help Is Here? In pandemic times, the most privileged New Yorkers find that dealing with domestic staff is especially fraught

Anatomy of a Catastrophe Why we need a coronavirus commission, and who should—and shouldn’t—lead it

Monuments Men Guess which side surrendered at Appomattox

Dutch Courage At a protest in Amsterdam, flashbacks to a childhood shaped by the civil-rights movement

Back to School A nation of strivers under lockdown meets the à la carte subscription academy MasterClass

Hamptons Behaving Badly In this installment: The Tale of the Sag Harbor Squatter

Watch Your Step A Harvard medical professor gets to the root of the 10,000-steps-per-day fad, and it has nothing to do with science

June 17, 2020

Fawlt Lines The newest wave of political correctness infects the BBC—and takes away from the Black Lives Matter movement’s urgent cause

June 15, 2020

FOSO: Fear of Standing Out Online, the only thing worse than not showing solidarity with an important cause is showing it in the wrong way

The New King of All Media Scott Galloway, one half of the must-listen podcast Pivot, is everywhere these days, railing against big tech and spreading big ideas

1963 All Over Again Courtney and Corrie Cockrell, grandnieces of the assassinated civil-rights hero Medgar Evers, consider his legacy through the lens of George Floyd

Not Their First Rodeo Houston’s black cowboys and cowgirls ride for Black Lives Matter, and champion their unheralded legacy

My Name Is Karen … … and I do not want to speak to your manager

Burn After Reading In a baffling twist of fate, a new study reveals that smokers are less likely to get the coronavirus than those who abstain

June 10, 2020

Sex and the System In New York and in red-light districts around the world, intimacy just got even more complicated

Bleach Party For enterprising hoteliers, paranoia is the new sustainability

Social (Media) Unrest For twentysomething protesters, passions run high. Not just in the streets but also on Instagram

Nazi Lockdown The German occupation crushed ordinary life in Paris as its citizens hid from the “brown plague”

Living Your Best Lockdown If practical advice from even Gwyneth Paltrow herself (!) can’t improve your situation … well, you’re on your own

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