January 6 Isn’t Going Away

By Caroline Mimbs Nyce

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A shattered Confederate flag made up of images of the January 6th insurrection

Getty; The Atlantic

Certain moments in history leave long shadows. The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is sure to be one of them, even though the fallout is far from settled. Not even a year has passed, and already we are seeing glimpses of its disturbing cultural legacy.

  • This is the New Lost Cause. David A. Graham argues: “This mythology has many of the trappings of its neo-Confederate predecessor, which Trump also employed for political gain: a martyr cult, claims of anti-liberty political persecution, and veneration of artifacts.”

  • In some ways, the events were not a riot, but a war. A new HBO documentary focuses on the clash between Capitol Police and the insurgents: “There is something striking in seeing people on two sides of a very recent conflict discuss the opposing roles they played in it,” our culture writer Sophie Gilbert notes.

Surfers take to the beach
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Explore the week that was. It’s springtime in Sydney, Australia, where the surfers above are catching a morning wave. See more photos from around the world, as curated by our senior editor Alan Taylor.

Read. A new book offers a sweeping account of human history. Prefer a classic? There’s always Crime and Punishmenta novel Dostoyevsky had no choice but to write.

Watch. Dune is here. The highly anticipated adaptation of the sci-fi novel is epic—but that’s not what makes it great, our critic David Sims argues.

If you’re counting down the days to Halloween, try a scary movie, as picked by David.

Listen. Calling Succession fans! On the latest episode of The Review, our critics discuss the show’s Season 3 premiere. On this week’s How to Build A Happy Life, we talk about loneliness—and how to recognize whether you’re feeling it.

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