"Misapplying the theory I mislearned in college."
An anthropological dispatch from the landfill dig to unearth Atari’s E.T.
The “mystery” of who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17; the theater of war in Gaza; and ritual crime in Iceland
“It gradually dawned on me that since 1967, I had made very little progress in seeing Arabs or empathizing with their plight.”
Watch Jessica Bruder on MSNBC’s The Cycle
Against a current of extremist violence, Northern Nigeria struggles to modernise Koranic schools
The United States prepares to return thousands of minors to Central America; Israel launches an offensive in Gaza; and a wildfire traces back to Freddie Smoke
Jessica Bruder on the end of retirement, Mary Gordon on the new Vatican, Laura Kipnis on narcissism, and more
An ex–Jehovah’s Witness visits Watchtower headquarters
Will a four-game stint as a World Cup host city improve life in Manaus?
Tensions rise over murders in Israel and Palestine, the VA schedules an appointment for a deceased veteran, and the Vatican legitimizes Catholic exorcists
On the endemic corruption of the global oil industry
“Belgium is a sniveling little ragamuffin . . .”
Christopher Beha discusses sex tapes as literary vehicle, the celebrity impulse, and the problematic absence of religion in American literature
The U.S. Supreme Court weakens the ACA’s contraception mandate; ISIL attempts to legitimize its territorial gains in the Middle East; and Facebook gives you feelings
Jeff Sharlet on his collection of essential dispatches, reports, confessions, and other essays on American belief