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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From an interview with the philosopher George Steiner that was conducted in 2014 by Laure Adler, a journalist. The interview appears in A Long Saturday, which will be published in…
From a list of reasons cited by the Drug Enforcement Administration for suspecting travelers of transporting drugs. Originally compiled by a judge, the list appears in Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission,…
From scenarios presented in Fighter Not Killer, an app that is used by militant groups, including the Islamic State, to test combatants’ knowledge of international humanitarian law. The app was…
By Rachel Cusk, from Transit, a novel that was published this month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Cusk is the author of eight previous novels, most recently Outline (2014).
From letters mailed last year to Gettysburg National Military Park by visitors who had taken rocks from the site as souvenirs. Read More
What informants taught an intelligence officer
Returning home to Flint
Israel’s economic settlers in the West Bank
On family, fate, and Packers football
In troubles with money
A clandestine war on wolves
A young writer finds his voice on the radio
Some writers begin to write with talent, quickly earn a reputation among readers and critics, and then are suddenly silenced forever. We had two such men at the Yiddish Writers’…
Until the U.S. government got wind of it, the sharpest critic of the Mormon practice of polygamy was Joseph Smith’s legal wife, Emma. But as Laurel Thatcher Ulrich explains in…
The allure of animal nature
Zadie Smith and the limits of being oneself
Researchers concluded that who is president is the largest factor in U.S. income inequality. U.S. health-care costs rise in part because the system does not put a monetary value on…