Magazine December 09, 2019, Issue

Death of Venice

A man kayaks across a flooded street in Venice, Italy, November 15, 2019. (Manuel Silvestri/Reuters)

Venice suffered some historic floods in November, and we all know what the cause is: not its proximity to this strange, heaving body of liquid some call “the sea,” or the fact that Venice admits “the sea” into its city limits with a series of picturesque canals, or the fact that the entire city rests on logs and has sunk a bit over the years. No, it’s your gas stove. Also your shower. And your hamburger. The solution? Stop letting women control the temperature in the house.

It’s the only logical conclusion, but we need to set this up. First, consider

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