Friday, August 26, 2016

Current Issue

Cover Story

The Taming of the Wild

As we celebrate the centenary of the National Park Service, a meditation on “the best idea that America ever had”

David Gessner

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Works in Progress

Fiction Preview: A Bumpy Ride

Read a sneak peek from Alice McDermott’s new novel

Alice McDermott

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Book Reviews

Annals of Human Oddity

Casting an eye on “freaks” with sensitivity and compassion

Andy Grundberg

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Arts

It Beggared All Description

The famous flop that opened the Met

Sudip Bose

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Letter From

South Africa: Rhinos Under the Gun

Why the decline of megafauna is due to our direct persecution

Katarzyna Nowak

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WEB EXCLUSIVES

How to Read Dante in the 21st Century

By Joseph Luzzi

Breaking the code of “The Divine Comedy” with patient reverence


The Wonder of Wuthering Heights

By Stephanie Bastek

An interview with Alison Case, author of the novel Nelly Dean


The Trouble at Yale

By Paula Marantz Cohen

Why an intellectual space requires a safe space


How to Have an Election

By Jill McCorkle

First thing you do is lock the candidates in a room


The Case for Motherhood

By Jean Kim

What does it mean when you don’t want your own child?


Do Female Lives Matter?

By Judith Hooper

Uncovering forgotten history through fiction


Right Does Not Make It Right

By Amitai Etzioni

How we keep free speech from becoming hate speech


The Naples Quartet

By Wendy Smith

The novels of Elena Ferrante


Dreiser’s Strivers

By Peter Baida

Putting Sister Carrie to work


Resisting Atticus’s Allure

By Stephen Goodwin

Reconsidering the legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird


The Writer Who Taught

By John S. Rosenberg

Remembering William Zinsser


Remembering Robert Stone

By Stephen Goodwin

The novelist possessed his characters, and was possessed by them