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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
I never knew I needed you: the detrimental effects of isolation and the importance of strangers Read More
Notes on a year without strangers
From an email conversation between Mikaël Gómez Guthart and Ariana Harwicz after meeting at a book launch for their works in Paris last year. The discussion was published in the…
Tell me how the story ends
Against “relevance” in art
You may know what you want, but you may not know what you need Read More
When does imagination become appropriation?
From “Burn the Diaries,” an essay in the collection Index Cards, which will be published this month by New Directions. blankness In a volume of interviews, Jean Genet reconstructs the…
By Benjamin Moser, from Sontag: Her Life and Work, which will be published by Ecco this month. “In the Freudian conception,” wrote one author, “as it gradually emerged through these…
A writer alone with the work
The problem with writing manuals