This Is How an Empire Falls

The discomforting parallels between our current moment and the end of Rome

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, August 07, 2020

Web Essays

A Pre-Columbian Bestiary

Fantastic creatures of indigenous Latin America

by Ilan Stavans | Thursday, August 06, 2020

Asturias Days

The Bird’s Song

by Clellan Coe | Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Viral Days

The Windmills of Our Minds

Reading Cervantes during the pandemic

by Sheila Kohler | Monday, August 03, 2020

Portrait of the Artist

Mack Sikora

Walled Off

by Noelani Kirschner | Monday, August 03, 2020

Viral Days

Figures in the Frame

by Walter Nicklin | Saturday, August 01, 2020

Smarty Pants Podcast

I Want to Believe

Hunting down America’s favorite fringe stories, cryptids, and alien encounters

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 31, 2020

Viral Days

The Problem in the Classroom

Any true reckoning with racism must include our schools

by Jon Hale | Thursday, July 30, 2020

Shelf Life

A Lifetime in Verse

by Jayne Ross | Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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“We will need to shelter in place, we will need to move less, we will need to stop flying all over the globe.”—David Gessner, “Looking Back From the End of the World”

Plus: Farah Peterson on a dangerous founding American myth, Alex Basaraba on whether mountains should have legal standing, and Peter Filkins on Joseph Brodsky


Guardian of the Glaciers

As climate change threatens the future of the Himalayas, might the mountains’ salvation lie in endowing them with legal rights?

by Alex Basaraba

Works in Progress

Steel Amid the Fire

by Natalie Keyssar

Book Reviews

The People’s Gallery

A collection that is the brightest light in a city full of them

by Anka Muhlstein

Commonplace Book

Summer 2020

by Anne Matthews

Book Reviews

Mysterious Inheritance

A new biography of the founder of population genetics

by David Brown