At The New Republic, novelist Alexander Chee has an essay/review of Frantumaglia: A Writer’s Journey, Ferrante’s new book of selected letters and interviews spanning nearly two-and-a-half decades. In the piece, Chee considers the way the press feels compelled to draw… Continue Reading
While Donald Trump insists that Hillary Clinton should be imprisoned for destroying emails, he has routinely used stall tactics in order to erase records that courts have demanded he hand over.
Novelist Zadie Smith reflects on the connection between writing and dancing, drawing on iconic performers like Fred Astaire, Michael Jackson, and Beyoncé.
North Korea’s totalitarian state occasionally allows outside visitors but only as part of controlled, small-scale private tours and cultural exchanges. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the North captures one such exchange, arranged by the Goethe Institut, in which members of the Munich Chamber Orchestra visit the Pyongyang… Continue Reading
Late one summer night in 1949, the British archaeologist Jacquetta Hawkes went out into her small back garden in north London, and lay down. She sensed the bedrock covered by its thin layer of soil, and felt the hard ground… Continue Reading
Confucian philosopher Mengzi provides an intriguing (and oddly modern) alternative to Aristotelian accounts of human virtue By Bryan W Van Norden Read at Aeon
On the evening of Saturday, August 27th, 2011, the volunteer fire department in Prattsville, New York held its annual clambake. The event has not historically been associated with temperance, but that year, the festivities broke up early. Prattsville is a… Continue Reading
[Illustrations by Matt Rota] On a warm morning in July 1896, on the third day of the Democratic National Convention, South Carolina Senator Benjamin Tillman stepped onto the stage of the Chicago Coliseum. After three years of recession, Democratic President… Continue Reading
Happy Halloween! It’s the season of costume parties, trick-or-treating, pumpkin-carving, and scary stories. The spookiness doesn’t have to end with the weekend—indulge in classic creepypasta, scary podcasts, and Ms. (Shirley) Jackson on your lunch break. 1. “The Definitive Guide to Creepypasta–The… Continue Reading
A year in the life of one teenager in Turkey reveals the tense relations between Turkish and Kurdish people, the challenges of creating diversity in schools, and the hard choices people make in times of war.