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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
In the beginning was Chomsky
The Cuban embargo continues
Several days after I arrived in Havana I asked my host why all the toilet seats were missing. “We don’t use them here,” he replied, as if it were an…
Playing it safe in the Pee Wee League
From Secondhand Time, an oral history of post-Soviet Russia compiled by Svetlana Alexievich and published last month by Random House. Alexievich is the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in…
By Luc Sante, from an essay that appeared in March in Metrograph Edition, a publication of the Metrograph Theater in New York. Sante’s most recent book is The Other Paris.…
By Dorothea Tanning, from a letter written to Muriel Streeter in May 1947 and published in the most recent issue of A Public Space. Tanning was an artist and writer. Streeter…
When we are asked if we like children, we are used to saying that it depends upon the child; that we like some children, just as we like some grown…
The uneasy search for our atomic history
Sheldon Silver is sentenced to twelve years in prison for fraud; Christopher Ketcham visits New York's dysfunctional state legislature
Untangling truth and fiction in an age of perpetual war