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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Has the celebrated musical eclipsed the man himself?
A writer remembers his father
You say you want a revolution
Are French prisons incubating extremism?
From The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, by Garry Wills, out this month from Viking. Wills holds the Alonzo L. McDonald Family Chair at Emory and is…
From Ways of Curating, by Hans Ulrich Obrist, out this month from Faber and Faber. Obrist is the codirector of exhibitions and programs and of international projects at the Serpentine…
By John Crowley, from a lecture delivered in June at MoMA PS1 as part of Triple Canopy’s Speculations (“The future is ”) series. Crowley’s article “Madame and the Masters” appeared…
Will the Guantánamo tribunal execute a man we tortured?
By Jonathan Franzen, from a footnote to his translation of “Nestroy and Posterity,” a 1912 essay by the Austrian satirist, playwright, poet, aphorist, and critic Karl Kraus (1874–1936). In the…
The corporate conquest of a labor-relations school
Or, The decline of American verse