Preaching the Floral Gospel

How the Plant Messiah saves species from the brink of extinction

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 10, 2020

Web Essays

Billy Joe Wardlow, RIP

The subject of a Scholar cover story, executed in Texas

by Lincoln Caplan | Thursday, July 09, 2020

Talking Pictures

An Exchange of Bullets in Belfast

Revisiting Carol Reed's 1947 masterpiece Odd Man Out

by David Lehman | Thursday, July 09, 2020

Works in Progress

I Feel Your Pain (or Not)

Stepping into someone else’s shoes is often easier said than done

by Marcus A. Banks | Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Asturias Days

The Point

by Clellan Coe | Wednesday, July 08, 2020

The Arts in the Digital Age

The Great Reformatting

As performances go digital, artists must reconsider their relationship to audiences

by Theodore Gioia | Monday, July 06, 2020

Portrait of the Artist

Paige Twyman

Postindustrial imagination

by Noelani Kirschner | Monday, July 06, 2020

Smarty Pants Podcast

Read Me A Poem, Won’t You?

Behind the scenes of our sister podcast

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, July 03, 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
Dispatches From the Operating Room cover

Dispatches From the Operating Room

By David Schneider

An excerpt from The Invention of Surgery
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