“Sometimes, Oh, Often, Indeed” by Edna St. Vincent Millay 

Poems read aloud, beautifully

by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Book Reviews

Tales of Mercy and Sacrifice

An Italian scholar’s exploration of the Hebrew Bible

by Randy Rosenthal | Monday, January 24, 2022

Portrait of the Artist

Amy Brener

Totems to Knick-Knacks

by Noelani Kirschner | Monday, January 24, 2022

Talking Pictures

The Prophecy of an Assassination

John Frankenheimer’s prescient 1962 film, The Manchurian Candidate

by David Lehman | Saturday, January 22, 2022


Lessons From an Unwritten Autobiography

From doubt and despair to faith and love

by Jack Miles | Thursday, January 20, 2022

Asturias Days

The Long Room

by Clellan Coe | Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Read Me a Poem

“A Litany of Survival” by Audre Lorde

Poems read aloud, beautifully

by Amanda Holmes | Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Book Reviews

New York Was Very Heaven

The midcentury newcomers who reshaped the art world

by Andy Grundberg | Monday, January 17, 2022

Viral Days

On Hugging

What we lose when we can’t get close to the ones we love

by Chloe Shaw | Saturday, January 15, 2022
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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

A World Weird and Wondrous

A classical music star offers a peek behind the curtain

by Wynne Delacoma


Sex and Secrets

Rare is the Hitchcock film that celebrates desire without disaster

by Lisa Zeidner

Commonplace Book

Winter 2022

by Anne Matthews

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
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The Reading Hordes

By Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen

An excerpt from The Library: A Fragile History by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen
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