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America’s Carnival Barker

Tom Wolfe died yesterday at age 88, after a long and colorful career as America’s carnival barker. I don’t mean that in a pejorative sense. The carnival barker has a certain reputation for brazen dishonesty in overselling his product. (We’ll get to that in a moment.) But he is also our enthusiastic guide to a […]

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To Love Man for God’s Sake

An Atheist Read the Bible, Part 5 Over the past year or so, I’ve been slowly whittling away at a long-term project I call “An Atheist Reads the Bible.” Unlike the “New Atheist” Richard Dawkins types, I’m not reading the Bible simply to refute it or to highlight every time the Judeo-Christian god seems to […]

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The Passive-Aggressive Citizen

Jonathan Tepperman, the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, recently announced that he has become an American citizen. Just a few days ago, in a federal courthouse in Brooklyn, I raised my right hand and—along with some 150 other immigrants from places like Bangladesh, China and the Dominican Republic—was sworn in as a U.S. citizen, something […]

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