How to Be American

Why cultivating a shared cultural core is more important than ever—and why such a project serves progressive ends.

By Eric Liu

Moral Witness Through Comedy

Imagining the hastening of the day when Arab Americans are just another unsuspected and unsurprising part of American culture.

By Michael Tomasky

Like a Horse and Carriage

The data show it: Nations that have legalized gay marriage have witnessed no resulting harm to the institution.

By Adam Haslett

Shaping Up

Can the "Strenuous Life" renew American competitiveness?

By Kenneth Baer

The Seeds of Victory Gardens

The years since September 11 have been the ultimate test of a generation's resolve. How are we doing so far?

By Andrei Cherny