Magazine May 15, 2017, Issue

The Celebrity We Need

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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson unites in a time of division

There are cinematic moments that define a career. For Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, that moment occurred before wildly cheering fans on April 3, 2015. The fans were packed into movie houses worldwide. The Rock was onscreen, playing diplomatic-security-service agent Luke Hobbs in the movie Furious 7.

The movie was approaching its climax, a pitched battle in the streets of Los Angeles between the movie’s supervillain and the makeshift “family” of heroes, led by Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner, played by the late Paul Walker. The Rock is sidelined, in the hospital with his arm encased in a cast. He

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Acts of Undermining

Set in the summer and early autumn of 1949, "Deconstruction" reimagines the relationship between Paul de Man, newly arrived in New York City from Belgium, and novelist-critic Mary McCarthy.


Politics & Policy

The Week

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Politics & Policy


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