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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
By Justin E. H. Smith, from a work in progress. Smith’s fourth book, The Philosopher: A History in Six Types (Princeton), will be published in June. At the end of August, the oldest…
Can Bosnia escape the stranglehold of ethnic politics?
From a complaint filed in June against the State of North Carolina by PETA and other plaintiffs, including Beth A. Sparks, an adviser to the National Opossum Society who “has…
The story, so far, of the 2016 election
Why we won’t get prison reform
From the 5,782 statutes passed in Ireland between 1385 and 1821 that were revoked in July under the country’s Statute Law Revision Act 2015. Read More
How Stephen Harper ruined Canada
Thailand's king is in declining health; Ian Buruma examines why the country so often finds itself under military rule
From a list of rules the Islamic State has imposed within territories it has claimed since 2013. Translated from the Arabic by Asma Ghribi. Read More
Meet the mobsters who run the show in one of the world’s deadliest cities