Long-held predictions of economic chaos as baby boomers grow old are based on formulas that are just plain wrong
Perhaps you’ve heard the news from Rome. But what does it really have to do with the man from Assisi?
An agnostic sermon
When the Bachelor Girl and the Red Death come calling, are they mirrors for our eccentricities?
At a largely forgettable class reunion, remembrances of things past
There’s no authoritative biography yet for Joseph Smith, the notorious founding figure in Mormonism
We admit that unofficial, national fill-in-the-blank days can sometimes feel contrived. (National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, anyone?) But National Hug Your Dog Day (April 10) is too good not to celebrate, especially if it means we can revisit one of our favorite essays: Chloe Shaw’s “What Is a Dog?” from our Spring 2018 issue. After losing a beloved hound named Booker—described as a “wolf meets horse meets dinosaur meets tongue”—Shaw confronts the joys and inevitable sorrows of loving a pet. “A dog is a second chance. A dog is death and life. A dog is plush red carpet and fresh warm pee.” A dog is worth celebrating, and not only on April 10.
In which I tell how I was drawn again and again to the lives of African-American figures, and found in them the story of our times
Well-traveled and erudite, John Quincy Adams sometimes had trouble appealing to his countrymen
A critic’s cranky charm
The problems of solutions
A CIA officer’s many faces
A writer feels our pain
What else happened during the year of independence?