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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
From Kant’s Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write, a collection of essays, which will be published next month by W. W. Norton. We live in an era…
What the hidden relationships of ancient folktales reveal about their evolution—and our own
I have recently developed a crank theory, for which I can adduce no real evidence, that the human sense of time has its origins in story, or is at least…
The rhythms of listening
By Carol Ruth Silver, from a July 3, 1961, entry in a secret journal of her experiences at the maximum-security Mississippi State Penitentiary, in Parchman. One month earlier, the twenty-two-year-old…
Mike Paterniti on the power of cheese, the pleasures of digression, and the War of the Roses method of book writing
Thrusting from the head of Picasso’s goat are bicycle handlebars. They don’t represent anything, but they are goat’s horns, as night is a black bat, metaphorically. Come into the garden…
At the junction of landscape and narrative