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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The eternal allure of life after death
On a single day in July of 1943, more than 500 Allied planes bombed Rome, killing 1,500 people. The city got off lightly compared with Naples, which was attacked 200…
Most of the public lands in the West, and especially in the Southwest, are what you might call “cowburnt.” Almost anywhere and everywhere you go in the American West you…
Memories of a South African childhood
Dear Miss Maier (for who would dare address you as Vivian, let alone Viv?), Inevitable that I should get crushed out on you, I guess. You seem to be…
From a recently declassified article, written by an author whose name was redacted, published in the winter 1986 issue of Studies in Intelligence, the in-house journal of the CIA.
The battle over Pablo Neruda’s corpse
East vs. West, again
Greeting the holidays in an age of mass incarceration
W. Eugene Smith, Josef Sudek, and humanist photography
By Sarah Manguso, from Ongoingness: The End of a Diary, out in March from Graywolf Press. Manguso is the author of several books, including The Guardians and The Two Kinds…