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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Eula Biss discusses vaccinations, motherhood, and metaphors
Jeff Sharlet on his collection of essential dispatches, reports, confessions, and other essays on American belief
Leslie Jamison on empathy in craft and in life
From annotations written by John Stuart Mill on his personal copies of the first editions of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays, which were published in two volumes, in 1841 and 1844.…
Richard Rodriguez on the essay as biography of an idea, the relationship between gay men’s liberation and women’s liberation, and the writerly impulse to give away secrets
Lucas Mann on hope and change in a minor-league-baseball city
Phillip Lopate on eclectic curiosities and the old-school essayists
Michelle Orange on the art of the personal essay, navigating cultural overload, and the distance that separates two human heads
Elena Passarello on the animal appeal of the human voice and the art of the lyrical essay