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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
By Abby Norman, from Ask Me About My Uterus, which was published last month by Nation Books. Norman is an editor at Futurism, a science and technology website.
It began with a loud pop. Though Austin Sell had suffered from severe back pain since childhood, on a clear autumn morning in 2011, not long after his twenty-first birthday,…
By Terry Southern (1924–95), from an unpublished manuscript written in 1952. It is included in Making It Hot for Them, a collection of his writings edited by Nile Southern that…
We all know dementia by now: the organ of the brain breaking down in substance and function much as a heart or liver does. By the time a person dies…
Discussed in this essay: The Incest Diary, by Anonymous. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 144 pages. $18. Read More
By Henry Marsh, from Admissions, a memoir about his life as a neurosurgeon. The book was published in October by St. Martin’s Press. Marsh is the author of Do No Harm.
It is not beyond reason that it is also the psychotic in men that drives them to greatness. — W. Eugene Smith Near the end of 1954, at thirty-five, the…
In so many ways they were made for each other, as if a casting director considered Donald Trump and Saturday Night Live side by side and said, Yes, I can…
Discussed in this essay: Henry David Thoreau: A Life, by Laura Dassow Walls. The University of Chicago Press. 640 pages. $35. Read More
There were no civilian cars on the streets of Mosul, Iraq, last December, when the veteran war photographer Don McCullin and I hitched a ride in an Iraqi Army pickup.…
From Donald Trump: America’s 45th President, which was published in November by Gallopade. The biography, by Carole Marsh, is for readers aged eight and up. Read More