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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
By Carol Ruth Silver, from a July 3, 1961, entry in a secret journal of her experiences at the maximum-security Mississippi State Penitentiary, in Parchman. One month earlier, the twenty-two-year-old…
From a 1933 diary entry by George Kennan (1904–2005), with the heading “January, Riga.” Kennan was working for the State Department at the time, in a diplomatic post in Latvia.…
From the unpublished diaries of LeRoy Wiley Gresham (1847–65), son of John J. Gresham, twice mayor of Macon, Georgia. LeRoy, a longtime invalid confined to his bed or to a…
The reverse bowdlerization of Susan Sontag
Gershom Scholem's decisive years
Arthur Schlesinger's diaries reveal a blindness to the changing political landscape