The 6.25.17 Issue


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    Zanna, kidnapped at 13 by Boko Haram.
    CreditGlenna Gordon for The New York Times


    Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram

    The four children, from a fishing village in Nigeria, were among thousands abducted by Boko Haram and trained as soldiers. They learned to survive, but only by forgetting who they were.


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    Gov. Roy Cooper at Franklinton High School in May.
    CreditDina Litovsky for The New York Times


    Is North Carolina the Future of American Politics?

    The state is narrowly split between Democratic and Republican Parties that agree on virtually nothing. Are its scorched-earth politics what the rest of us have to look forward to?


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    Taborn at home in Brooklyn.
    CreditRyan Pfluger for The New York Times


    The Ethereal Genius of Craig Taborn

    He has become one of the best jazz pianists alive — by disappearing almost completely into his music.


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    Illustration by Derek Brahney

    First Words

    Tired of ‘Winning’? You Should Be

    At some point, it ceased to be about success or achievement. Now it’s all about looking powerful, at any cost.


  1. Talk

    Hasan Minhaj
    CreditChristopher Lane for The New York Times

    Hasan Minhaj Thinks Comedy Is for Weirdos

    The “Daily Show” correspondent on hosting the White House correspondents’ dinner, being abandoned by Jon Stewart and continuing to learn from high school.

    Interview by

  2. Letter of Recommendation

    Without maiming anyone or going to jail, you can correct systemic wrongs.
    CreditIllustration by Jules Julien

    Letter of Recommendation: Revenge

    Without maiming anyone or going to jail, you can correct systemic wrongs.


  1. The Ethicist

    CreditIllustration by Tomi Um

    Should I Help an Unjustly Fired Co-Worker?

    The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on weighing sacrifice against benefit when trying to aid a colleague or your own grandmother, and more.


  2. Poem

    CreditIllustration by R.O. Blechman

    The Afterlife

    Selected by Matthew Zapruder.