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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
What the American Academy of Arts and Letters taught me about death
On stupidity and transcendence
How Hannah Arendt’s fans misread the post-truth presidency
1619, 1776, and the politics of the past
Notes on a year without strangers
Tragedies in the margins of history
Finding meaning in the climate fight
On suicide and Moby-Dick
Federico Fellini and the lost magic of cinema
Can America still afford democracy?
The difference between protest and reform
Against “relevance” in art
Against the erosion of academic freedom by identity politics
How I learned to live with the singular they
When does imagination become appropriation?
And its eternal war on reform
The unfulfilled promise of American citizenship
Why we can’t beat our addiction to war
Will the movement outlive the man?
Theses on a philosophy of news
How to tell a genderqueer story
Why we miss the WASPs
An idea that won’t go away
Politics, power, and the Green New Deal
The power of pastoral care
A writer alone with the work
What the hidden relationships of ancient folktales reveal about their evolution—and our own
The rise of the internet and a new age of authoritarianism
On the burden of the black public intellectual
Can states’ rights save us from a second civil war?