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The 15 Objects That Defined 2020

From sweatpants to rubber bullets, a year in culture told through the artifacts we’ll never forget

A collection of various illustrations: skull, Fred Perry shirts, toilet paper, Peloton, mason jar, heat lamp, face masks, etc
Illustrations: Simone Noronha

This is the year that’s felt like a decade. Maybe that’s because 2020 so often seemed like a never-ending series of tests: for individuals, for businesses, for society. You can tell the story of a year in the culture through a list of books or…




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