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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Allan Gurganus’s Southern utopias
Naître à soi, by Elladj Lincy Deloumeaux © The artist. Courtesy Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Paris In The Year of Living Dangerously, the actress Linda Hunt puts on an unforgettable performance…
Philip Roth reviews his own biographer
Mountains in the Snow, by Erich Heckel © akg-images/Artists Rights Society, New York City Philippe Sands’s remarkable 2016 book, East West Street: On the Origins of “Genocide” and “Crimes Against…
A science-fiction pioneer finds posthumous fame
Helen Frankenthaler’s earthbound genius
Lovers and Time, by Alex Kanevsky © The artist. Courtesy Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco Danielle McLaughlin’s debut novel, The Art of Falling (Random House, $28), recounts a tumultuous season…
The languid pleasures of Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Tove Ditlevsen’s relentless clarity
On Alfred Hayes
“Modena, 1973,” by Luigi Ghirri, from The Map and the Territory, which was published in 2018 by MACK © The artist. Courtesy MACK It has been oddly comforting these past…
The story of character
Blick auf den Tiergarten mit weißen Kugeln (Parkbild), by Max Beckmann © akg-images When we try to get at a work of art, words of criticism fail worse than anything—they…
The difficult pleasures of William Gaddis
On the perils of novelizing one’s life
A self-portrait by Francisco Goya, 1810 © akg-images/Nimatallah The best-known works of the great Spanish artist Francisco Goya do not give the impression of having been created by a particularly…
Wendy Carlos’s music of the spheres
The soothing clarity of Shirley Hazzard
Elegy IV (detail), from the series Arctic Elegy, by DM Witman © The artist. Courtesy Klompching Gallery, Brooklyn, New York “Don’t say that he’s hypocritical / Say rather that he’s apolitical,” Tom…
The corrupt business of deportation
On the Jesus trilogy
If it weren’t for the black death, the fourteenth-century merchant Francesco di Marco Datini might have left no trace in history. A workaholic Tuscan with offices from Bruges to Barcelona,…
Charles Bowden’s borderlands
On Sylvia Townsend Warner
Spreading Fires During the Great Kanto Earthquake, a newspaper illustration of the 1855 earthquake in Edo, Japan. Courtesy Special Collections, Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library A metropolis can transform, and even…
Wordsworth at 250
Tracing the origins of the German nation
On women’s history and group biography
How not to write about Andy Warhol
A Cotton Office in New Orleans, by Edgar Degas. Courtesy Musée des Beaux-Arts, Pau, France In 1873, while visiting family in America, Edgar Degas painted a scene from his uncle’s…