During election season, we sometimes give ourselves permission to regress. Not so often, perhaps, when times are good. But in bad times, we frequently suspend what we know about politics—most crucially, how difficult change is—and choose to believe that this time, by pulling a lever or touching a screen, the choice we make will have a magical effect. Rage, powerlessness, magical thinking—why is how we think about politics increasingly mirroring the mind-set of a small child? By Jennifer Senior
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Eleven great chefs share their families’ secret recipes.
A language dork finally falls in love with rap.
The artists who flowed so fine they turned Old School rhymes into poetry.
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The brilliant blunt force of The Scottsboro Boys.
Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones drive an angrier Miss Daisy.
Wings soars with Jan Maxwell.
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How Weezer learned to love their most interesting album.
A Quiet Place, Leonard Bernstein’s opera of suburban angst, finally makes it to New York.
Impressive Thai in the former Cru space.
Readers sound off on Sarah Palin, hipsters, and Newsweek.
Our deliberately oversimplified guide to who falls where on our taste hierarchies.
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