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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The mystery of a writer’s métier
What was the Golden Age of TV?
The fate of the book review in the age of the algorithm
How the United States and China can avoid war
Notes from a purveyor
A sexual harassment reading list
The luminary vision of W. Eugene Smith
Three close encounters with Sons and Lovers
The tragicomedy of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live
The innovations of A.R. Ammons
The disgraced broadcaster’s distortions of history
What became of the Christian intellectuals?
Hieronymus Bosch comes home
The legend of the Watts Towers
John Cage comes to Halberstadt
The gospel according to Extreme Weight Loss
Toward a less gloomy environmentalism
In which our intrepid restaurant critic submits to the dreams and excesses of New York’s most fashionable eateries
Fighting for literature in an age of algorithms
The discreet charm of movies we cannot see
The miracle of Straight Life
Making sense of our family-tree obsession
A poet’s guide to metal
In defense of the canon
An American classic fades away
The modern art world’s tyranny of price
Room 237 and the Kubrick cult
How Roger Barker made Oskaloosa, Kansas, his laboratory
New frontiers in pain compliance
The new evidence from Guantánamo