Magazine June 12, 2017, Issue

Monster Mash

Katherine Waterston in Alien: Covenant (Mark Rogers/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

Does everything need explanation, a backstory, a neat and tidy timeline of how it came to be? Imagination feeds on lacunae, on extra stories half-glimpsed in the background of the main one, on fragments of a world that make it seem bigger than just the main adventure, on mysteries at the heart of that adventure that linger unexplained.

To me, Aragorn singing an old elven lay in Lord of the Rings is worth most of the pages of actual elven history in The Silmarillion, and one of the saddest parts of the Star Wars prequels was the way they took resonant

In This Issue

Articles

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Sections

Letters

Letters

What Counts as Climate Consensus? Oren Cass’s article “Who’s the Denier Now?” (May 1) condemns the misuse of scientific data in climate-change policy debates, but to support his position Cass misrepresents ...
The Week

The Week

‐ Hostile congressmen vow to use any means available to block Trump’s outrageous budget plan. And the Democrats are pretty mad too. ‐ North Korea tested two missiles in a week, ...
Athwart

Foodie Feud

People of Portland: The Council of Making Every Damned Thing a Problem has come up with a list of restaurants to hate.
Poetry

Poetry

LAST BLOOMS A vantage point for any pot Of small, bronzed marigold Is next to a bare, molting tree, Where several pale green stems uphold Odd milkweed pods that fill the spot – They’re edible, I’m ...

Most Popular

White House

Trump’s Disgraceful Endgame

President Trump said the other day that he’d leave office if he loses the vote of the Electoral College on December 14. This is not the kind of assurance presidents of the United States typically need to make, but it was noteworthy given Trump’s disgraceful conduct since losing his bid for reelection to ... Read More
White House

Trump’s Disgraceful Endgame

President Trump said the other day that he’d leave office if he loses the vote of the Electoral College on December 14. This is not the kind of assurance presidents of the United States typically need to make, but it was noteworthy given Trump’s disgraceful conduct since losing his bid for reelection to ... Read More
Elections

Our Conspiracy-Minded Subculture

On the menu today: Attorney General William Barr declares that he and the Department of Justice have found no evidence of widespread vote fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election; some Trump fans conclude the attorney general has been a deep-state sleeper all along; and why this country is likely ... Read More
Elections

Our Conspiracy-Minded Subculture

On the menu today: Attorney General William Barr declares that he and the Department of Justice have found no evidence of widespread vote fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 election; some Trump fans conclude the attorney general has been a deep-state sleeper all along; and why this country is likely ... Read More