Web Essays

A Matter of Emphasis

Not and its many permutations

by Max Byrd | Thursday, January 13, 2022

If You Build It, Will They Still Come?

Scaling the border wall

by Eric Wills | Monday, January 10, 2022

A Crash Course

The myth surrounding my beloved Aunt Myrtle only grew when she moved down South in the 1940s

by Kenneth A. McClane | Thursday, January 06, 2022

Force of Nature

The durable, granitic Joan Didion

by Anne Matthews | Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Joan Didion and the Magic of Grief

She went from cool customer to recorder of her own bereavement

by Sandra M. Gilbert | Monday, January 03, 2022

The Sondheim Way

Ambition, freedom, and the importance of innovation

by Wendy Smith | Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Henry and Louis

An unlikely literary friendship

by Max Byrd | Thursday, November 18, 2021

Why We Need the Humanities

The word itself contains the answer

by James A. W. Heffernan | Saturday, October 30, 2021

Back to School

A return to reading as a private and a public act

by Seth Lerer | Saturday, October 23, 2021

What Squid Game Is Really About 

How decades of Korean trauma have spawned a pop culture phenomenon 

by Jean Kim | Saturday, October 16, 2021
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