Five Books Banned for Dubious Reasons—So You Should Definitely Read Them

Banned Books Week drew attention to free speech, intellectual freedom, and the right to quietly read a good novel

by Our Editors | Monday, October 02, 2017

Next Line, Please

Let the Names Begin

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Portrait of the Artist

Jill Lear

Tree Talk

by Noelani Kirschner | Monday, September 24, 2018

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Marathon Man

When it comes to athletic records, what was once thought impossible is now imaginable

by Eric Wills | Friday, September 21, 2018

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Shifting Sands

We’re almost out of this tiny grain—and we’re only now beginning to pay attention

by Stephanie Bastek | Friday, September 21, 2018

Asturias Days


by Clellan Coe | Friday, September 21, 2018

Shelf Life

Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times

A video teaser for Alan Walker’s new biography

by Stephanie Bastek | Thursday, September 20, 2018

Measure by Measure

A Requiem of One’s Own

Stravinsky’s late 12-tone masterpiece

by Sudip Bose | Thursday, September 20, 2018

Editors’ Picks

Professor Raskolnikov at the Lectern

14 fictional characters who wouldn’t do anything by the book

by Our Editors | Wednesday, September 19, 2018

View from Rue Saint-Georges


In chess, as in life, there are no guarantees

by Thomas Chatterton Williams | Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Next Line, Please

“What’s in a Name?”

by David Lehman | Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Plus: Laura Bernstein-Machlay sends her daughter off to college, David Gessner tests the boundaries of writing about race, and Ralph Lombreglia writes a story about drummers

Book Essay

Bringing In the Horse 

Virgil’s account of the sacking of Troy has similarities to the political situation of our day

by Mary Lefkowitz

Works in Progress

A Stinging Decline

Four questions about the future of bees

by Thor Hanson


Present Tense

Even in this interminable drugstore line, my daughter’s last summer before college is slipping by far too quickly

by Laura Bernstein-Machlay


My Family’s Siberian Exile

A writer pieces together the forgotten history of life in Stalin’s special settlements

by Megan Buskey

Letter From

Burma: The Lady and the Monk

by William Lychack

Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times


A video teaser for Alan Walker’s new biography
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