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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Compost yourself: on the social, psychological, and ecological implications of rethinking what happens to our bodies after we die Read More
The elegant science of turning cadavers into compost
From the website of Holy Smoke, a memorial-services company based in Alabama. Read More
From a new translation of Herodotus’ The Histories, by Tom Holland, out this month from Viking. Read More
Two years ago, in February 2012, President Barack Obama signed into law the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which called on the Federal Aviation Administration to “provide for the safe…
By Vaishali Raode, from Mi Hijra, Mi Lakshmi (“I Am a Hijra, I Am Lakshmi”), an account of the life of Lakshmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender-rights activist in the Indian…
Among Bombay’s dwindling Parsis