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Efforts to reconstruct destroyed landmarks raise questions about how to honor a history that bore the seeds of Nazism.

Essay

Bad experiences affect us much more powerfully than good ones, but there are ways to deal with this destructive bias and overcome it

Icons

For the artist Brice Marden, drawings can be finished works in their own right.

Essay

A 1951 New York Giants coach suggests that Bobby Thomson was tipped off to the pitch he hit for “the shot heard ’round the world.”

Everyday Math

The numbers we give to years like 2020 are arbitrary, but they have real-world consequences.

Table Talk

Long disdained as drab, they can be a smart and delicious way of conjuring a bonus holiday meal.

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A series of historical canvases by Jacob Lawrence is reunited for the first time.

Essay

Professional bureaucrats devoted to the public interest, not to a political boss, are crucial to fighting corruption and upholding the rule of law