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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From When the Sun Bursts, by Christopher Bollas, out this month from Yale University Press. Bollas has been a practicing psychoanalyst for more than forty years. Read More
by a School-Teacher
He’s been a central character in the story for as long as Chris and I have been telling it to the kids. “We had Emma’s egg but we didn’t have…
Assessing Obama’s legacy
Inside the industry that’s making therapy obsolete
By Barbara Ehrenreich, from Living with a Wild God, out next month from Twelve. Ehrenreich, a longtime contributor to Harper’s Magazine, is the author of many books, including, most recently,…
Understanding a stalker’s love
From messages posted over the past five years to the Yahoo group Adopting-from-Disruption, where parents of adopted children offered them for “re-homing,” also known as adoption disruption. The group was…
From a 1933 diary entry by George Kennan (1904–2005), with the heading “January, Riga.” Kennan was working for the State Department at the time, in a diplomatic post in Latvia.…
Going undercover with a cult infiltrator