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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
The evolution of a flawed species
Did Wonder Woman fail feminism?
In the year 564 b.c., a pankratiast named Arrichion stepped into the ring at the Olympic games. Pankration was a nasty mélange of wrestling and boxing, very popular with the…
New evidence on the old mystery of the Neanderthals
Creating the Lost Generation
The invention of the narcissist
John Updike, Yes-Man
The origins of today’s mass extinction
Is E. E. Cummings a serious writer?
It is inevitable that some readers will take from Evelyn Barish’s biography of the life and misdeeds of Paul de Man the notion that literary theory is a crock. The title…
America’s self-help gospel