In this issue:
"It Was Never Thus" by Jill Lepore: Measuring Presidents' midseeds.
ANNALS OF THE MIND
"Maltese for Beginners" by Judith Thurman: Some hyperpolyglots learn to speak dozens of languages. Could you?
"The Bane of Their Resistance" by Ian Parker: The journalist Glenn Greenwald scorns establishment Democrats—and their Russia obsession.