The 8.9.20 Issue


  1. Photo
    In the absence of conclusive research for Covid-19 treatments, many doctors are having to rely on their experience to make judgment calls about medications.
    CreditAdam Ferguson for The New York Times

    The Covid Drug Wars That Pitted Doctor vs. Doctor

    How much freedom should front-line clinicians have in treating Covid-19 patients with unproven drugs? The question opened up a civil war in some hospitals.


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    Behrouz Boochani’s book, “No Friend but the Mountains,” won the prestigious Victorian Prize for Literature in 2019 while he was still detained on Manus Island.
    CreditBirgit Krippner for The New York Times


    Behrouz Boochani Just Wants to Be Free

    He fled Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. He exposed Australia’s offshore detention camps — from the inside. He survived, stateless, for seven years. What’s next?


  1. Poem


    Poem: i want to speak of unity

    A poem that testifies to the deepest parts of the American dream from the times when hope was bright.

    By Juan Felipe Herrera and

  2. Judge John Hodgman

    CreditIllustration by Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy

    Judge John Hodgman on Walking and Talking

    Is it acceptable to stop in your tracks and laugh? What if your partner doesn’t notice you’re no longer at his side?


  3. The Ethicist

    CreditIllustration by Tomi Um

    Is It OK That I Haven’t Told My Parents I Was Fired?

    The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on why it can be hard to tell family you’ve lost your job, whether to collect unemployment benefits and more.


  1. Tip

    CreditIllustration by Radio

    How to Keep a Condor Wild

    Faced with such a strange big bird, you might find yourself nervously talking baby talk. Don’t do that.


  2. Eat

    Choco pan de coco.
    CreditHeami Lee for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Rebecca Bartoshesky.

    These Rolls Will Change the Way You See Sourdough

    The baker Bryan Ford’s pan de coco, made with coconut milk, does not look like European sourdough — and that’s part of the pleasure.