If You Can’t See the Stage, Turn to the Page

With theaters shut during the pandemic, reading plays has shed surprising light on works both familiar and strange

by Wendy Smith | Thursday, December 02, 2021

Asturias Days

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by Clellan Coe | Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Web Essays

The Sondheim Way

Ambition, freedom, and the importance of innovation

by Wendy Smith | Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Cover Story

The Art of Losing

The end of the war in Afghanistan shows the danger of our commitment to perpetual optimism

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Read Me a Poem

“Farewell” by Agha Shahid Ali

Poems read aloud, beautifully

by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Book Reviews

The Capital of Self-Reliance

How a backwater became a philosophical powerhouse

by Anne Matthews | Monday, November 29, 2021

Smarty Pants Podcast

Spinning a Good Yarn

Once upon a time, Clara Parkes adopted a 676-pound bale of wool and got an inside look at a disappearing industry

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, November 26, 2021


The Bird That Sang I Am

Poems about the place where we belong

by Christian Wiman | Thursday, November 25, 2021

Asturias Days

Los Dedos

by Clellan Coe | Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Read Me a Poem

“Failing and Flying” by Jack Gilbert

Poems read aloud, beautifully

by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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“A great deal is eclipsed by a worldview that imagines we can always secure a win, for it confuses the ambiguities of life with the clarity of sport.”—Elizabeth D. Samet, “The Art of Losing”

Plus: Natalie Wexler on the divide between teachers and cognitive scientists, Witold Rybczynski on the homes that make a marriage, and Lisa Zeidner on the greatest Hitchcock film of them all

Book Reviews

The Burden of Guilt 

A plea for grace and forgiveness after a terrible crime

by Lara Bazelon

Commonplace Book

Winter 2022

by Anne Matthews

Book Reviews

Hoping for Recovery 

The long struggle to explain and treat drug dependency

by Charlotte Bismuth

Works in Progress

The Power of the Past 

by David Schalliol

Book Reviews

A World Weird and Wondrous 

A classical music star offers a peek behind the curtain

by Wynne Delacoma
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The Reading Hordes

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