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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
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…
A Christian martyr. Two days after three candidates and two campaign workers were kidnapped and murdered, Iraqis voted in the first national elections since 2005, choosing between 14,000 candidates running…