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“The El,”  by Joan Murray 2019-04-01 05:00:00Poetry by Joan Murray: “It felt like a rite of passage, / though I’d never heard of rites of passage.”

Susan Choi’s Novel Takes High-School Drama Seriously 2019-04-01 05:00:00Joanna Biggs on Susan Choi’s “Trust Exercise,” in which characters reckon with their pasts through fiction. 

Poetry That Bears Witness to a Changing Natural 2019-04-01 05:00:00Dan Chiasson on David Baker, a poet of American anti-pastoral who renders both the landscape and the forces that imperil it. 

“French Novel,” by Richie Hofmann 2019-04-01 05:00:00Poetry by Richie Hofmann: “You had dark eyes and hair, / like a painting of a man.”

Te-Ping Chen on the Nihilism of the Internet 2019-04-01 05:00:00David Wallace speaks with Te-Ping Chen about “Lulu,” her short story from the April 8, 2019, issue of The New Yorker.

“Lulu,” by Te-Ping Chen 2019-04-01 05:00:00Fiction by Te-Ping Chen: “It was midnight when Lulu called me from the police van to say that she was being taken away.” 

Sunday Reading: Dystopian Fiction 2019-03-31 10:09:36From The New Yorker’s archive, pieces by Jill Lepore, Ginger Strand, Rebecca Mead, Anthony Burgess, Richard Brody, and Laura Miller, about the h

“The Twice-Born,” A Searching Memoir About India’s Identity 2019-03-30 05:00:00Shaj Mathew on “The Twice-Born,” a piercing memoir about India’s identity crisis, by Aatish Taseer.

“The Curve of Time,” a Mother’s Account of 2019-03-29 05:00:00Murat Oztaskin recommends “The Curve of Time,” the account of the travels of Muriel Wylie Blanchet and her five children along the coastli

“The Match,” by Colson Whitehead 2019-03-26 05:00:00Fiction by Colson Whitehead: “The fight was rigged and rotten, another gear in the machine that kept black folks down.”

Colson Whitehead on Human Cruelty 2019-03-25 05:00:00Deborah Treisman speaks with Colson Whitehead about “The Match,” his short story from the April 1, 2019, issue of The New Yorker, which is

The Radical Style of Andrea Dworkin 2019-03-25 05:00:00Some of Andrea Dworkin’s beliefs have fallen out of fashion, but her writing remains a model for enacting politics on the page, Lauren Oyler wri

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March’s 10 best books to enlighten and entertain 2019-04-02 12:14:58

‘Ten Caesars’ demystifies the past 2019-04-02 12:14:58‘Ten Caesars’ demystifies the past

5 top biographies of March 2019-04-02 12:14:58A wide-ranging collection of biographies includes a Hollywood special effects artist, a U.S. Supreme Court justice, a sculptor, and a Soviet dissident

Poet W.S. Merwin followed where the words led 2019-04-02 12:14:58Once called ‘the Thoreau of our era,’ W.S. Merwin was an environmentalist who transformed concrete language into evanescent poetry that re

Audio books that entertain and illuminate 2019-04-02 12:14:58From Toni Morrison to Wild Bill Hickok, from animal rescuers to cultural travelers, March audio releases offer a stimulating listening experience.&nbs

Jailed Saudi women activists receive PEN Freedom to 2019-04-02 12:14:58The activists have openly opposed the Saudi government's ban on women driving and the restriction of women's rights to travel and education wit

Young adult novel merges Chinese history with 'Snow 2019-04-02 12:14:58Young adult novel merges Chinese history with 'Snow White' fairy tale

'Say Nothing' casts light on the bloody warfare 2019-04-02 12:14:58'Say Nothing' casts light on the bloody warfare in Northern Ireland

Eccentricity charms in 'Bowlaway' 2019-04-02 12:14:58Elizabeth McCracken's first novel in almost two decades is a quirky delight. 

Whom to save, whom to let perish? 2019-04-02 12:14:58The rescuers of refugees washing up on the Italian island of Lampedusa face an impossible choice, as memoirist and playwright Davide Enia describes in

A neglected hero of the French Resistance 2019-04-02 12:14:58As a young mother, Marie-Madeleine Fourcade took over the leadership of the alliance network. Her name faded from the record, but a new biography 

Travel and natural history combine in ‘Horizon’ by 2019-04-02 12:14:58National Book Award winner Barry Lopez mines his travel diaries of exotic trips to celebrate the continents he's visited and also to muse on the stat

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Are the Humanities History? 2019-04-02 03:00:29On all fronts, fields like history and English, philosophy and classical studies, art history and comparative literature are under siege. In 2015, the

The Equivocal Legacy of Charlotte Perkins Gilman 2019-04-01 03:00:18By the time she died, in 1935, all her books were out of print, and early posthumous efforts to keep her reputation alive foundered. It was not until

The Godfather 2019-03-31 07:30:43As a young architecture writer I resolved to steer clear of all enterprises that involved Philip Johnson, convinced that this charming cultural corrup

In Praise of Public Libraries 2019-03-30 07:00:50Years ago, I lived in a remote mountain town that had never had a public library. The town was one of the largest in New York State by area but small

Graciela Iturbide, Visionary Ethnographer 2019-03-30 03:00:31According to Iturbide, there are—pace Cartier-Bresson—two “decisive moments” in photography: “One, when you take the pho

One Year of Gaza Protests. A New Era of Palestinian 2019-03-29 03:00:44The experience of Gazans over the past fifty-two weeks has been another grim reminder of how easily popular mobilization is crushed and how staggering

Ingmar Bergman, Novelist 2019-03-28 10:00:09Ingmar Bergman wrote three autobiographical novels in a remarkable creative rush between the ages of seventy-three and seventy-eight. The Best Intenti

What Happened in Hanoi? 2019-03-28 08:30:00Shortly after the success of The Art of the Deal (1987) made Donald Trump a supposed expert on negotiation, he lobbied the George H.W. Bush administra

Known Unknowns 2019-03-28 07:30:51To the Editors: Thomas Nagel may have slightly overstated the difference between humans and nonhuman animals. Unlike humans, he writes, “animals

No Nukes 2019-03-28 07:30:21To the Editors: John Banville’s absorbing review of books about the Cambridge Five replicates errors made in Roland Philipp’s book A Spy N

Holding Starr Accountable 2019-03-28 07:30:13To the Editors: Much as I admire Sean Wilentz, I am disturbed by the disconnect with human suffering revealed by a comparison of these two statements

The Rap Sheet of the French Police 2019-03-28 07:30:01To the Editors: The excellent article by James McAuley on the gilets jaunes movement referred to the deaths of two adolescents in 2005 that sparked wi

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'Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss' Is Smart, Comforting 2019-04-02 07:00:20Rajeev Balasubramanyam's fourth novel follows a cantankerous yet sympathetic economics professor whose life is upended after he fails yet again to wi

'The Turner Diaries' Influence On White Nationalists 2019-04-02 05:08:00The Turner Diaries is a fictional dystopic novel that's served as a foundational piece of white nationalist propaganda. It was written in the 1970s b

U.S. Diplomat Recounts Time In Russia In 'The 2019-04-02 05:08:00Steve Inskeep talks to former ambassador William Burns about diplomacy in the Trump era. Burns is the author of: The Back Channel: A Memoir of America

'The Matriarch' Presents Barbara Bush As Indispensable To 2019-04-02 05:01:19Beyond the juicy bits, journalist Susan Page paints a larger portrait of one of the more underappreciated, least understood figures of the last centur

'Chief' Explores The Motivations And Impact Of SCOTUS 2019-04-01 13:22:00CNN legal affairs correspondent Joan Biskupic discusses the roots of Roberts' conservatism and his work for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administr

'Other Americans' Take Center Stage In A Timely 2019-04-01 12:57:00The short chapters in Laila Lalami's novel are narrated by a rotating cast of characters. They conjure a murder mystery, a cross-cultural romance, an

'Greek To Me' Highlights The Way Ardent Interests 2019-04-01 09:02:25Comma Queen Mary Norris is an uncommonly engaging, witty enthusiast with a nose for delicious details and funny asides that makes you willing to follo

Theoretical Physics And Down-To-Earth Loneliness In 'Lost And 2019-04-01 07:00:22Nell Freudenberger's new novel is a bittersweet love story — about a lost friend, a missed romance, and an all-consuming career — that us

'Love Your Enemies' ... And Maaaybe You'll Get 2019-04-01 05:07:00Arthur Brooks says that even if you're sure someone's lying, calling that person a liar won't help your case. His book describes "how decent peopl

Former Homeland Security Head Napolitano Says Cybersecurity Should 2019-03-31 17:17:00In an interview about her book, How Safe Are We?, Janet Napolitano says "a wall is a symbol, it's not a strategy" and that there's no evidence Rus

A Key To Peace In Afghanistan? Consider Conservation, 2019-03-31 07:58:00Alex Dehgan, a former State Department official who ran the Wildlife Conservation Society's Afghanistan program, argues science diplomacy can play a

'Women Talking' Gives A Human Voice To Horror 2019-03-31 07:42:00Miriam Toews' new novel is based on an awful true story: The drugging and rape of women in a Mennonite colony in Bolivia. Toews says she wanted to sh

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