The 10.24.21 Issue


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    Fear on Cape Cod as Sharks Hunt Again

    The apex predator is back along New England’s beaches. What will it take to keep people safe?


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    Rebecca Hall
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    The Secret Toll of Racial Ambiguity

    Rebecca Hall’s new film adaptation of the 1929 novel “Passing” has cracked open a public conversation about colorism and privilege.


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    How the American Right Fell in Love With Hungary

    Some U.S. conservatives are taking a cue from Prime Minister Viktor Orban — how to use the power of the state to win the culture wars.


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    My Real Estate Secret Weapon Didn’t Work. Or Did It?

    Buyers’ letters are controversial — and not necessarily very effective. But when you keep losing bidding wars, it helps to at least name the future you want.


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    The Strange Appeal of Shelter TikTok

    TikTok has developed its own approach to home-design content: Skip over the home to obsess over the objects inside.


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    How to Recommend a Book

    Engage with the reader. Tell them why you think they’ll like a book. And never suggest just one.


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    Poem: The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer

    Wendell Berry makes a case for going at it your own way: “I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my/inheritance and destiny, so be it.”

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