We've recently updated our website to make signing in easier and more secure
Timeless stories from our 173-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Wikipedia and the problem of historical memory
From The Ultimate Ambition in the Arts of Erudition, a fourteenth-century encyclopedia by Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri, an Egyptian scholar. The book was published this month by Penguin Classics. Translated from…
A word-of-mouth dictionary
By Lydia Davis, in the Fall 1999 issue of Bomb. “The Old Dictionary” appears in The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, published in 2010 by Picador. I have an old dictionary, about…
The big one
“An unexpectedly excellent magazine that stands out amid a homogenized media landscape.” —the New York Times