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TECHNOLOGY IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
The emperor of nothing
How does a deposed leader with untrammeled ambition and a massive sense of injured self-importance deal with a world in which nothing more can happen?
IDEAS | Josie Thaddeus-Johns
Texts and voicemails are too demanding. Send voice memos instead.
They’re a pandemic-era facsimile of hanging out, offering the warmth of a phone call without the imposition.
The old house on Nantucket
The demolition of my summer home feels like the true end of my childhood.
Mary Ann Sorrentino
Rush Limbaugh — heavy on personal views, light on facts
He was not a gracious person; he didn’t feel the need to be.
IDEAS | ANNE BERNAYS
The enduring appeal of putting pen to paper
At 90, an author reflects on the joys and advantages of writing longhand.
IDEAS | AMANDA ALEXANDER
How Black women have built movements and cultivated joy
A letter to my young niece about staying true to your goals, deriving sustenance from nature, and other insights I’ve gleaned from activists.
IDEAS | CHLOÉ VALDARY
A hole in the heart of antiracism training
Reducing people to caricatures and abstractions pushes us all further apart.
IDEAS | DAVID VELASQUEZ
One day, two worlds
Born to undocumented parents in California, a Harvard grad student reflects on how far he's come — and the prospects for 'a new day of compassion.'
Waiting and waiting
Help, we are told, is on the way; and truly, it can’t come soon enough. We may be feeling more hopeful . . . but we’re also exhausted and bleary.
Mary Ann Sorrentino
A note from Italy to America
Be patient with us, I wrote back. I promise that the national heart of America is larger and more constant than any transient and sinister sub-group that is louder at the moment.