The National Desk
America is full of guns—one gun for every citizen—and Americans often use them to shoot one another. After this week’s failure of gun-control legislation to survive the Senate, it’s not enough anymore to say Americans love their guns. The question is: Why do we kill?
Around the World
In Plain Sight
Start of Darkness
The world of the myope is often a nicer place—faces lack wrinkles, and trees seem to be painted by Monet. Then, during a visit to Moscow, a black spot appears.
A Sense of Snow
Fine-art photography from one of the snowboarding world’s best practitioners, “Creager,” who recently retired from traveling the world in search of snow.
But if Jessica’s book tour doesn't bring her to you, fear not: You can still get to know her a little better the same way we did...
Exploring the Language of the Stars
Cultural Literacy for Old People
Good! Phew. Awesome! But frankly, who cares about any of those people anymore? What about the new stars, the ones kids/teens/babies actually CARE about right now— do...
An unexpected pregnancy, tuna sandwiches consumed in darkness, and woman after woman of a certain age living by the ocean—eventually, all connections make sense when it comes to prescient grandparents.
The Pyongyang Papers
North Korea’s intentions are unknown for the moment. But its memos are, at the very least, straightforward. The TMN staff uncovers a worldwide exclusive: internal documentation of the DPRK’s plans for the remaining calendar year.
Spoofs & Satire
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Wed
To wed or not to wed? There’s the rub. Revisiting Tom Stoppard’s classic in the era of gay marriage.
Elegy to the Polaroid SX-70
Even abstract art must begin with something, Picasso said. A broken Polaroid camera, grinding film through its gears, yields a surprising amount of fleeting beauty.
Peanuts and Cracker Jack
I have to admit I’m a little sorry to see the long nights of winter go. I suppose I’m so conditioned to be working during daylight...
Under the Thai Umbrella
Panang Curry Lasagna
A Chinese family ran the place. They put some Hainan-style dishes on the menu, but the restaurant was famed for its Western cuisine. The place had been around since the 193...
Black and white portraits of young men and women at the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Freetown, Sierra Leone.