Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

To Not-So-Boldly Go

John Cho, Anton Yelchin, Karl Urban, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and Simon Pegg in Star Trek Beyond (Kimberley French/2016 Paramount Pictures)

The original Star Trek movies, the ones with Shatner and Nimoy and the rest of the ’60s cast, were distinguished by their straightforwardly descriptive titles. If you went into Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, you knew you were going to get a movie about a vengeful guy named Khan. The Search for Spock? Self-explanatory. The Voyage Home? No surprise that it was set on Planet Earth. The last two were more metaphorical, but they had clear referents in the specifics of the plot — The Final Frontier described the quest for God; The Undiscovered Country was the promise

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God’s Plenty

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” ...


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The Disability Trap David French’s article on the VA’s overmedication of veterans (“Casualties of the VA,” July 11) was most insightful; your candor is especially noteworthy. You failed to mention what ...
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The Week

‐ If only the State Department were as focused on its mission as the Clinton Foundation. ‐ Hillary Rodham Clinton does not like to do press conferences, but she may change ...
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