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Letter from Arequipa
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Mario Vargas Llosa and His Authoritarians

What Conrad achieved in Nostromo, Vargas Llosa matches in Cinco Esquinas, which describes 1990s Peru under strongman President Alberto Fujimori and his Rasputin-like palace adviser.

Ad Men
Shalom Auslander (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Showtime)
Selling the Good News

Two television dramas about the advertising business—one recent and the other from the 1980s—show us how much American society has changed.

2016 And Beyond
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TV’s Antidote to Trump

David Simon’s under-appreciated Show Me a Hero offers hope that racial divides can be mended, and past injustices overcome.

East Asia
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Taiwan’s New Multicultural Identity

Wei Te-Sheng’s films illuminate Asia’s under-appreciated success story.

Empires of Multiplicity

Two new books give us revisionist accounts of the histories of the Holy Roman and Austrian Empires.

The State of the Arts
6 / 39 Stuart Skelton as Tristan in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Photo by Ken Howard/ Metropolitan Opera.
Opera Americana

The Met is back with a stylish, modern Tristan und Isolde.

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A Cruelty-Free Economy?

How technology and market forces are transforming animal-based industries for the better.

Arts on the Weekend
New York’s Second Opera Is Back

The New York City Opera returns from bankruptcy with a triumphant double-bill.

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Saudi Journeys

One month in the desert kingdom isn’t enough time to learn its complexities. Even forty years might not do it.

U.S.-Israel Relations
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Terms of Estrangement

An insider’s account of the Obama Administration’s rocky relationship with Israel gives pointers on how the relationship might be conducted in the future.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

The Trump Administration is likely to comply.

demographic transformation

The millennial urban boom may be coming to a close. This could have major consequences for America’s politics and geography.

A Heavy Lift

No, probably not. But President Trump may have trouble lifting them in the first place.

Delivering on Promises

TPP, NAFTA, and a special deal with the UK: Trump’s first week will be a busy one.

WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.

Infowar

Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

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