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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monuments Men Guess which side surrendered at Appomattox

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

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

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

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

Bleach Party For enterprising hoteliers, paranoia is the new sustainability

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