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The Nation Weekly: December 16, 2022 Welcome back to the ’90s

Compared with the decades that came directly before and after, the 1990s have often seemed a ho-hum era; the dull Jan caught between its more outrageous siblings. And yet, three decades later, they don’t seem so dull after all. Squint a little, peer through the telescope of time, and they look not only consequential but foundational.

Our latest special issue, The ‘90s: Cradle of the Present, examines this era from all directions. The issue contains thirteen elegant pieces probing everything from the rise of house music, to the fall of AOL, picking apart the origins of today’s fractured politics along the way. Take a look at just a few of our favorites below. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

EDITOR’S PICK
House Music is Still the Sound of the Future
As raves took over the world, American electronic music kept growing in the places it began.
Hubert Adjei-Kontoh
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America Online: A Cautionary Tale
On the rise and fall of the quintessential ’90s online service provider—and a warning about today’s social-media giants.
Joanne McNeil
Trumpism Was Born in the ’90s
Clintonian centrism allowed the radical right to incubate.
Jeet Heer
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Reading Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble” in the Age of Ron DeSantis
More than 30 years after it was published, the seminal queer theory text still has some things to say.
Naomi Gordon-Loebl
What the West Gets Wrong About the Rwandan Genocide
The mass killings haunt US foreign policy and distort how we understand ethnic violence.
Jina Moore
WATCH AND LISTEN
Steve Phillips on Sinema and Nelson Lichtenstein on the UC Strike
On this episode of the Start Making Sense podcast, a look at the Democratic Party in Arizona and an update on the biggest strike in the country.
Jon Wiener, Start Making Sense
The Case for “Andor” as Great Television
On this episode of The Time of Monsters, David Klion joins the show to discuss why the new Star Wars deserves to rank with The Wire.
Jeet Heer

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