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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The past and future of dating
Notes toward an understanding of Wallace Stevens
The lyric essay’s convenient fictions
Annie Dillard gets pickled
Piecing together the GN’R story
Mark Leyner’s self-consuming fictions
Why the Spanish Civil War feels so distant
Religious conversion across the ages
John Wray’s time machine
The appetites of M.F.K. Fisher
Can art make anything happen?
Mr. and Mrs. Nabokov’s half-century
Ted Hughes’s evasions
Primo Levi and the enigma of survival
The double life of John le Carré
Two ways of looking at Percival Everett
Three centuries of American witch hunts
Michel Houellebecq’s immortal longings
The genius of Joy Williams
America’s lost culture of opposition
Franzen and the women
How sneakers became high fashion and big business
What’s missing in contemporary war fiction
The ongoing struggle for voting rights
The dismal science of human optimization
Mark Greif’s intellectual excavations
With the arrival of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix), we finally have a major sitcom heroine whom we definitely don’t want to dress like. Kimmy Schmidt…
Can shame shape society?
Bellow and the problems of literary biography
I just squandered two or three precious should-be-working hours trundling around music-streaming sites looking for “The Banks of Sweet Italy,” my all-time favorite Incredible String Band song. Dotty, druggy, sublime…