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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
John Updike, Yes-Man
How the detective escaped his creator
Last fall, the Man Booker Prize, the premier award for fiction in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, announced that it was coming to America. Presumably Edward St. Aubyn had already…
The origins of today’s mass extinction
The fickle career of Carl Van Vechten
Discussed in this essay: The Kennan Diaries, by George F. Kennan, edited by Frank Costigliola. W. W. Norton. 688 pages. $39.95. Pity the man’s poor wife. To peruse this generous selection from…
The trial of 12 Years a Slave
Is E. E. Cummings a serious writer?
America’s self-help gospel
The limits of autobiography
Robert Stone returns home
A history of ballooning
A theory of glamour
Can Amazon change its predatory ways?
Ezra Pound’s dictum “Make It New” has long been cited as modernism’s driving objective. Yet Pound, in coining the phrase, was actually drawing on his own (rather free) translation of…
The Young Writer and the last literary celebrity
The hope and hokum of immortality
The poetry of Middle Eastern uprising
Thomas Pynchon goes online
Filming Uganda’s homophobic fits
The unspent life of J. F. Powers
Critiques of a life online
Love and marriage at the movies
Jane Campion’s moral wilderness
A stroll through our cities
Uncovering Iran’s coup
Andrew Solomon’s exploration of difference
Willa Cather’s correspondence
No and the magic system of advertising
The autumnal works of James Salter