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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From The Book of Difficult Fruit, which was published last month by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 1. My mother’s sister died of breast cancer when she was thirty-four and I…
From a sign posted inside Catnap, a café in Christchurch, New Zealand. So you’ve ordered a muffin. Our wobbly tabby cat Bea really likes muffins, so there are a few…
By Robert Walser (1878–1956), from Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories, a collection that will be published next month by NYRB Classics. Translated from the German by Tom Whalen.
Tracing the wartime rise of ersatz butter
The Mexican government announces a state of emergency following a mass shrimp die-off in the Sea of Cortez
What can we do to address the collapsing global fishery?
Labeling our way to a clear conscience
The beatification of our daily bread
An American cattleman. The Congressional Budget Office announced that a proposed plan to control health-care spending would save only $2 billion over ten years, compared to a proposed $1 trillion…