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  1. the body politic
    America Is Back, IndeedWith Biden, we’ve restored our country’s favorite tradition: basic, middling, white patriarchy.
  2. coronavirus
    5 People on How They Lucked Into a ‘Leftover’ COVID Vaccine“I feel like I got in through a side door.”
  3. reading the signs
    Good-bye to Trump’s Patriotic CosplayHe gave Americans of all stripes a chance to witness and play at masquerade. What will his supporters do with that impulse now?
  4. the body politic
    They’ve Been Calling for Bloodshed the Whole TimeIt’s not just Trump — some on the right have supported violence for years now; the party has built its power on them.
  5. capitol insurrection
    ‘It Was No Accident’Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on surviving the siege.
  6. power
    This Isn’t the Revolution They Think It IsSome on the far right say they want another 1776. But it’s a different, darker history that’s repeating itself.
  7. the body politic
    The Only Strategy Left for DemocratsAfter this week, the mandate is clear: Make people’s lives better. And stop trying to placate Republicans.
  8. psychology
    The Memory WarJennifer Freyd accused her father of sexual abuse. Her parents’ attempt to discredit her created a defense for countless sex offenders.
  9. cut covers
    Sarah McBride’s NeighborhoodThe new Delaware state senator is making history in her hometown.
  10. natural wine
    The Spectacular Rise and Fall of 2020’s Buzziest WineEveryone was obsessed with Valentina Passalacqua’s natural wines. Until the criminal charges against her father.
  11. first person
    All the Time I Wasted Trying to Please Indifferent MenThe way Christie Smythe blew up her life for love is harrowing, utterly bananas, and perfectly understandable.
  12. best of the cut
    The Cut’s 10 Most-Read Stories of 2020Including a viral sex diary, the end of millennial aesthetics, and the family YouTubers who gave up their child.
  13. culture
    Who Did J.K. Rowling Become?Deciphering the most beloved, most reviled children’s-book author in history.
  14. power
    The Karen Next DoorA white woman calls the police on her Black neighbors. Six months later, they still share a property line.
  15. schooled
    Panic! in the PodParents who barely knew each other are suddenly running makeshift schools together. What could go wrong?
  16. afterimages
    Our Shared UnsharingInstagram couldn’t handle 2020 either.
  17. power
    Trump Lost, But My Brother’s Still in a Far-Right MilitiaThe Cut spoke with someone who knows what it’s like to lose a family member to conservative propaganda.
  18. cut covers
    The Cocky Prince of Quarantine ComedyJordan Firstman, Instagram’s premier impressionist, talks sex, drugs, and getting famous in social isolation.
  19. parenting
    The Children of QuarantineWhat does a year of isolation and anxiety do to a developing brain?
  20. power
    America, You Owe MeWe have been patient, and America owes Black people whatever it has to give.
  21. fear vs. fun
    Eight New Yorkers on Partying During COVID“I’m aware that what we are doing is pretty stupid because we’re putting mad people at risk. For some reason, we still kept doing it.”
  22. fear vs. fun
    New York Nightlife Never Stopped. It Just Moved Underground.After hours in the contagious city.
  23. fear vs. fun
    How New York’s Night Owls Spend Their Days NowFor these DJs, producers, bouncers, and performers, the show must go on.
  24. the body politic
    Stacey Abrams On Finishing the Job In Georgia“It can be undone just as quickly and as effectively as we did it.”
  25. the body politic
    America’s ‘Daughters’ Grow Up To Be Women It Can’t HandleDefiant young girls have become a political symbol in a country that fears grown women.
  26. the cut podcast
    She Had COVID For Months. No One Believed Her.Chimére felt like she was losing her mind. Then she found a community of people with the same surprising symptoms.
  27. first person
    COVID Took My Grandfather. But It Wasn’t What Killed Him.His death, six months into the pandemic, is as political as it is biological.
  28. cut covers
    Mitra Jouhari’s Airhead ActThe comedian is an overachieving perfectionist—but she loves playing the idiot.
  29. four long years
    The Birth of an Extraordinary Modern Progressive MovementThe last four years have been an era of radical right-wing rule in Washington — and of remarkable left-wing populist response.
  30. the bigger picture
    Prospect Park Is the (Only) Place to BeOne October weekend of socially distanced socializing.
  31. real talk
    How I Convinced My Dad Not to Vote for TrumpSeven people on changing the minds of their loved ones.
  32. campus life
    The Sorority That Tried to Abolish ItselfHow the anti-Greek life movement upended Zeta Tau Alpha at Northwestern.
  33. abortion rights
    We Know Exactly How Amy Coney Barrett Feels About AbortionDon’t let Republicans pretend otherwise.
  34. remembrance
    Kenzo Takada Showed Me a Different Way to Be Asian in FashionRemembering the Japanese designer who changed my life.
  35. introductions
    Meet Your New French BoyfriendOh là là — it’s Lucas Bravo, the star of Emily in Paris.
  36. cut covers
    Barefoot in QuarantineIna Garten has served up comfort and cocktails for decades. We need that more than ever.
  37. first person
    Aching for AbolitionAs a survivor of sexual violence, I know prison isn’t the answer.
  38. first person
    Are You Aging Correctly?Ask yourself who benefits when women gracefully fade into the background.
  39. q&a
    How a Marriage Survives a CultSarah Edmondson and Nippy Ames, stars of the HBO docuseries The Vow, on escaping NXIVM and what came after.
  40. the body politic
    It Shouldn’t Have Come Down to HerSome will try to blame Ruth Bader Ginsburg for not stepping down sooner. They are missing the point.
  41. first person
    Buying Myself BackWhen does a model own her own image?
  42. back to school
    You Could Get Us All Sent HomeCollege students have been left to police each other for COVID infractions, fostering a climate of paranoia, finger-pointing, and mistrust.
  43. the lost season
    Miuccia Prada Is Too Wise for Post-Pandemic Predictions“Designers cannot change the economic system.”
  44. the lost season
    Stella McCartney Might Not Recognize You Anymore“The question more than ever is ‘What is luxury?’ It’s certainly not a bloody crocodile handbag, I can tell you that much.”
  45. the lost season
    Reed Krakoff Is Looking for a New Design Language“Your guess is as good as mine what the new normal will be.”
  46. the lost season
    Nicolas Ghesquière Just Wanted to Stay in California“If surprises don’t exist, then I’m quitting. I’m looking for another job.”
  47. the lost season
    Nadège Vanhee-Cybulski Is Ready for the Nurses to Take Over Instagram“I don’t think it’s about going back. It’s about how we can evolve.”
  48. the lost season
    Clare Waight Keller Knows That Time Is the Greatest Luxury“There’s this ethos in fashion of constant creative output. But I’m not sure it’s always conducive to thinking deeply.”
  49. the lost season
    Alessandro Michele Owns 35 Editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland“I’m not really sure of what is real and what isn’t real. It depends on your perspective.”
  50. the lost season
    Rei Kawakubo Didn’t Stop Working for a Minute“To create means to keep looking for something new all the time, no matter where you are, no matter what kind of situation you are in.”
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