The 8.14.22 Issue

Highlights

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    A Kabul food-distribution center run by the U.N.
    CreditKiana Hayeri for The New York Times

    The Taliban’s Dangerous Collision Course With the West

    After barring girls from high school — and harboring an Al-Qaeda leader — the regime now risks jeopardizing the billions of dollars of global aid that still keeps Afghans alive.

    By

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    Suhaila Hashimi at Brown.
    CreditSabiha Çimen/Magnum, for The New York Times

    She’s at Brown. Her Heart’s Still in Kabul.

    In their first year at U.S. universities, women who escaped the Taliban are struggling to adjust — and to reckon with what they left behind.

    By

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    CreditPhoto illustration by Itchi. Source photograph: Courtesy of the estate of Elizabeth Eaton Converse.

    The Art of Disappearance

    Some might hear the music of Connie Converse, who drove off without a trace in 1974, as a haunting record of depression. But what about the liberation?

    By

  1. Screenland

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    CreditPhoto illustration by Mark Harris

    Why Isn’t Biden Ever on TV?

    Americans are seeing a lot less of the president than they did of his predecessor. That’s partly by design.

    By

  2. Letter of Recommendation

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    CreditIke Edeani for The New York Times

    Want to Stay Cool? Try Ankara Hand Fans.

    Inspired by West African designs and very effective, they’re a stylish way to refute fictions of authenticity.

    By

  3. Poem

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    CreditIllustration by R. O. Blechman

    Poem: Oath Keeper

    The only thing that’s certain in this short work is the uncontainable passion it depicts.

    By Ruben Quesada and