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Sunday Reading: The Power of Political Satire

Comedians and humorists today do more than simply comment upon politics; they help shape it. This week, we’re bringing you pieces about the sustained influence of satire on political life. In “How Jokes Won the Election,” Emily Nussbaum explores the effect of right-wing memes and political humor during the...

Sunday Reading: Crimes of Passion

In 1859, Daniel Sickles, a congressman from New York, shot his wife’s lover—the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and the son of Francis Scott Key—in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House. Sickles invoked the defense of “temporary insanity”—he was the first American to do...

Sunday Reading: Modern Philanthropy | The New Yorker

We’re living, some say, in a golden age of philanthropy—and also in an era of extreme inequality. This week, we’re bringing you a selection of pieces on modern philanthropy and the ways in which it shapes our world. Elizabeth Kolbert explores whether today’s large-scale philanthropists are easing inequality or...

Sunday Reading: Dystopian Fiction | The New Yorker

Fifty years ago this week, Kurt Vonnegut published the dystopian classic “Slaughterhouse-Five.” With everything that’s going on in the world, it’s easy to feel as though we’re living in a dystopia from which there’s no escape. This weekend, we’re bringing you pieces about the scary, strange, magnetic appeal of...

Sunday Reading: A Cultural Review of the Seventies

It’s been nearly fifty years since the nineteen-seventies began—and yet the touchstones of that decade, from Watergate to the denim jumpsuit, seem more relevant than ever. This week, we’re bringing you a selection of pieces about the art and culture that helped define the era. In “Cookie, Oscar, Grover,...

Weekend Reading: The Challenges of Social Media

This weekend—after a horrific mass shooting in New Zealand was live-streamed on Facebook—we’re bringing you a selection of pieces about the ways in which social media is affecting our lives and our politics. In “Ghost in the Machine,” Evan Osnos investigates Facebook’s impact on the 2016 Presidential election and...