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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
What was the Golden Age of TV?
The innovations of A.R. Ammons
Hieronymus Bosch comes home
A nearly forgotten cartoonist we need to look at — right now!
Fighting for literature in an age of algorithms
From an interview in the Spring 2015 issue of The Paris Review. Elena Ferrante is the pseudonym of an Italian novelist whose books include The Days of Abandonment, My Brilliant…
from the archive 50 years ago in Harper’s Magazine Literary history and the present are dark with silences: the years-long silences of acknowledged greats; the ceasing to publish after one…
By Saul Bellow, from a previously unpublished essay written in 1951 and included in There Is Simply Too Much to Think About: Collected Nonfiction, edited by Benjamin Taylor and out…
A poet’s guide to metal
In defense of the canon
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.…