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Timeless stories from our 172-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From The Very Last Interview, a collection of questions loosely adapted from interviews with the writer David Shields, which will be published this month by New York Review Books. Any…
Nursing homes, the coronavirus, and the bottom line
In sickness, only: on mercy killings, and the crisis in our health care system
Are homicides among the elderly acts of mercy or malice?
By Barbara Ehrenreich, from Natural Causes, which will be published next month by Twelve. Ehrenreich is the author of more than a dozen books, including Nickel and Dimed (Henry Holt).…
When I was six, a pit bull tried to rip out my throat. I was walking down my parents’ oystershell driveway when the dog attacked me, probably because another dog,…
Is the beloved program on its last legs?
When you can’t afford to stop working
By Malcolm Cowley, from a December 20, 1984, letter to Peter Braestrup, editor of Wilson Quarterly. Best known for his literary criticism, Cowley died in 1989. The Long Voyage: Selected…