Magazine November 19, 2015, Issue

Forward to the Future

(Universal Studios)

Late last month, American pop culture celebrated “Back to the Future Day” — marking the date, 10/21/2015, to which Marty McFly leaps forward from the Reagan ’80s in Back to the Future Part II.

It was a slightly daft commemoration of a pleasant but hardly memorable sequel, and it felt almost like a way for people not to come to grips with the most striking thing about Back to the Future’s 30th anniversary: that we’re now as far from the Reagan 1980s as the teenage Marty was from his parents’ 1950s, and yet the gulf of years separating us from 1985

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Politics & Policy

The Apology Policy

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Climate Coercion

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The Twitter Trap

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Fusionism, Then and Now

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