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The Big Sleep

One evening in late May, four senior employees of Merck, the pharmaceutical company, sat in the bar of a Hilton Hotel in Rockville, Maryland, wearing metal lapel pins stamped with the word “TEAM.”…
AUTHOR:Ian Parker
PUBLISHED: Dec. 9, 2013
LENGTH: 3 minutes (979 words)

The Cranky Wisdom of Peter Kaplan

Before 2013 begins, catch up on the best of 2012. From now until the New Year, we will be re-posting some of The New Republic’s most thought-provoking pieces of the year. Enjoy. ALMOST EVERY…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 14, 2012
LENGTH: 22 minutes (5637 words)

Dealer’s Hand

Very important people line up differently from you and me. They don’t want to stand behind anyone else, or to acknowledge wanting something that can’t immediately be had. If there’s a door they’re…
PUBLISHED: Dec. 2, 2013
LENGTH: 41 minutes (10331 words)

Sep 01, 2003

TURN PAGES using the arrows. zoom in by clicking on the page. move the zoomed-in page around by dragging it. ZOOM OUT by clicking on the zoomed-in page. THIS ISSUE displays thumbnails; jump to a page…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 1, 2003

How Did Pumpkin Become Beloved? Labor, Nostalgia, Refreshment And White Women

This story begins, like so many before it, with a marathon session of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.” Specifically, the show’s 1999 Halloween episode, “Episode LXXXI: The…
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3071 words)

Is This the End of Rico?

Ever since the early thirties, when Charles (Lucky) Luciano tamed the more anarchic impulses of the Mob, it has been an article of local faith that the greater metropolitan area is controlled by the…
PUBLISHED: April 2, 2001
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5424 words)


How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil Viking, 336 pp., $27.95
PUBLISHED: March 21, 2013
LENGTH: 2 minutes (533 words)

Requiem for a Dream

“This, I suppose, is the actual problem,” Swartz wrote, long before his suicide. “I feel my existence is an imposition on the planet.” Illustration by Michael Gillette.
PUBLISHED: March 11, 2013
LENGTH: 4 minutes (1019 words)

Life Inside the Aaron Swartz investigation

A reluctant witness's account of a Federal prosecution. If you haven't been following the case, start with the editor's note for context. Quinn Norton's grand jury subpoena (Quinn Norton). Once your…
PUBLISHED: March 3, 2013
LENGTH: 27 minutes (6857 words)