The 8.23.20 Issue


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    CreditLevon Biss for The New York Times


    How Two British Orthodontists Became Celebrities to Incels

    The Mews, a father-son team of orthodontists, have an unusual theory about the source of crooked teeth — one that has earned them a following in some of the darker corners of the internet.


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    CreditIllustration by Tomer Hanuka

    Inside the Boogaloo: America's Extremely Online Extremists

    It started as an internet meme. Then waves of political unrest gave adherents of the Boogaloo a chance to test their theories about the collapse of American society — with violent results.


  1. Poem


    Poem: Some Girls

    A poem for the brave people who speak out publicly for respect and justice, an anthem for “ferocious mercy” to come.

    By Alison Luterman and

  2. The Ethicist

    CreditIllustration by Tomi Um

    Is It OK to Ask Patients for Their Plasma?

    The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether to use patient data to solicit antibody donation from members of a community disproportionately affected by Covid-19 — and more.


  3. Judge John Hodgman

    CreditIllustration by Louise Zergaeng Pomeroy

    Judge John Hodgman on Meat Caskets

    Should a wish to have your remains be eaten by great white sharks be honored, or is this one seal costume too far?


  1. Tip

    CreditIllustration by Radio

    How to Suture a Wound

    You can use thread, dental floss, even the hair from a horse’s tail. Be sure your needle is in the shape of an arc.


  2. Eat

    <em>Sabudana khichdi</em>, with tapioca, peanuts, potatoes and spices.
    CreditHeami Lee for The New York Times. Food stylist: Maggie Ruggiero. Prop stylist: Rebecca Bartoshesky.

    Sabudana Khichdi Is Your New Favorite Comfort Food

    Perfectly balanced in flavor and texture, this savory tapioca pilaf has a secret ingredient you’d never expect: a microwave.


  3. Issue 8.23.20


    Behind the Cover: Death in the Desert

    A look at how U.S. immigration policy has diverted migrants to the most dangerous place along the border to try and cross: the Sonoran Desert.