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Late-Night Classical Radio Host

The first thing you need is a voice. One someone can fall asleep to. Can sleep through. Words twinkling in faint starbursts of static. Your timbre must sotto the way a library book smells like the mausoleum of Erato. You must bring a thermos— an old metal one, dinged. Fill it with quote-unquote coffee but drink slowly. Before 3, you’ll have...

Parents Are Sacrificing Their Social Lives on the Altar of Intensive Parenting

Over the past few decades, American parents have been pressured into making a costly wager: If they sacrifice their hobbies, interests, and friendships to devote as much time and as many resources as possible to parenting, they might be able to launch their children into a stable adulthood. While this gamble sometimes pays off, parents who give themselves...

The Commons

We Mourn for All We Do Not KnowThe Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives provide a rare window into Black American heritage, Clint Smith wrote in March.I am a 63-year-old white woman. Having read some of the Federal Writers’ Project slave narratives in college, I have known about them my entire adult life. And yet I was brought up short by a statistic...

The Problem With Investigating Each Police Killing in Isolation

Aviation deaths once looked like an intractable problem. Then the federal government began probing every plane crash with an eye toward preventing future loss of life. Our skies got much safer as a result. A similar approach could reduce police killings. A federal agency should investigate every single killing and significant injury caused by American...

The Atlantic Daily: 4 Theories to Explain the Blood-Clot Problem

The COVID-19 Outbreak (DeAgostini / Getty / Katie Martin / The Atlantic) This week, America hit its latest vaccination roadblock: The Johnson & Johnson offering remains on pause in the United States as regulators investigate six cases of a rare blood-clotting disorder in recently vaccinated people, all women under 50.The good news is that the...

Who Wants to Watch Black Pain?

Updated at 6:40 p.m. ET on April 17, 2021.In the trailer for Amazon’s new horror series, Them, Diana Ross’s “Home” soundtracks a tender scene: A Black husband and wife in the 1950s survey their new house in wonder and dance in the living room with their two daughters. “When I think of home / I think of a place where there’s love overflowing,” Ross sings....

An Ode to the Left Hand

Tim Lahan This article was published online on April 17, 2021.I raised the drumstick, brought it down, and a dreamworld opened beneath me.A dreamworld, to be clear, of incompetence. A dreamworld of crapness and debility. A slump in tempo, an abyss. I was sitting at my practice drum kit, attempting one of the signature moves of the late John “Bonzo”...

The Trumpy Republican Who Won in Biden Country

In 2015, in the Dallas suburb of Irving, the fates of two very different Texans collided.One was 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, a precocious kid in a NASA T-shirt who had built a clock out of spare parts and brought it to school in a pencil case. His English teacher decided it might be a bomb, and the school called the police, who arrested Mohamed for bringing...

The Year My Deductibles Disappeared

A little while ago, amid the timeless blur of pandemic lockdown, a calendar ping alerted me that April 15—Tax Day—was nigh. I had completely forgotten to set up an appointment with my accountant. Emailing him in a panic, I was relieved when he responded that he had a slot left the day before Saint Patrick’s Day. He wouldn’t be meeting clients in person...

Left-Behind Suburbs Are a Civil-Rights Battleground

The death of Daunte Wright, a Black motorist killed by police in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, is a window into the future of civil-rights conflict in America. That Black Lives Matter was launched after a police shooting in a similar community outside St. Louis—Ferguson, Missouri—is not a coincidence. Both Brooklyn Center and...

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