Magazine May 9, 2016, Issue

Modern Family

We may lack jetpacks, but technology is no less wonderful for that.

Spend a little time in the more tech-minded corners of the Web and you will eventually come across a lament: “The future has arrived,” someone will say, half in jest. “So where’s my jetpack?”

Into this one succinct meme are distilled all manner of disappointments. Sure, its progenitors will concede, the advancement of the microchip and the arrival of the Internet have significantly altered the way we communicate: With just an iPhone, we can send videos across oceans in a matter of seconds, we can order our groceries without leaving our couch, and with just one swipe of our credit card

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy


The attempt to better understand the complex and elusive connections between the personal and the political realms in our psyche is a worthwhile endeavor.


Politics & Policy


ONE FLOWER One flower stands for beauty, two for hope. More buds begin their version of cross-talk With tangled leaf and strong, supporting stalk. Subject to breeze, they sway but somehow cope. Shadows of butterflies, ...
Politics & Policy


The VOA’s Unfulfilled Promise As a former Voice of America manager responsible for launching the VOA Ukrainian TV program hosted by Myroslava Gongadze, I applaud Jay Nordlinger for his article on ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Is there anything insulting we can say about New York? ‐ The New York Post, for decades a conservative opinion leader with a brash, Gotham accent, endorsed Donald Trump for ...


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