The cover, honoring the Doonesbury comic strip’s 20th anniversary, was the first interview Garry Trudeau had given in 17 years. In it, the “premier satirist of his time” explained his work as “propelled by a sense of moral indignation, which you hope doesn’t slip into malice when you’re executing.” Notably, he was lampooning Donald Trump as early as the 1980s, resulting in the recent anthology Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump.
A special report examined “the swift rise of American psychiatry and its progress in treating an increasingly tense nation.” (They should see us now!) Thanks to the pioneering neurologist Sigmund Freud, who had died 16 years earlier, “it is no longer considered odd, or evidence of moral weakness, to go to a psychiatrist.”
The assassination in Egypt of Nobel Peace Prize–winning President Anwar Sadat “left the Mideast facing a dangerous political void,” with the U.S. in particular feeling the loss. A fatwa approving the act, committed by the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, was obtained from Omar Abdel-rahman, who was convicted of conspiracy after the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.