Web Essays

Rage Against the Machine

If the American symphony orchestra is to survive, it must rewired and reengineered

by Douglas McLennan | Thursday, October 13, 2022

The Mule on the Stairs

Remembering the school in the midcentury South where “We Shall Overcome” was born

by Richard Tillinghast | Thursday, October 06, 2022

A Midcentury Bender

Revisiting Mad Men, 15 years later

by Eric Wills | Monday, October 03, 2022

Bad Jew

Reckoning with a heritage as painfully distant as it is impossible to lose

by Laura Bernstein-Machlay | Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Changing of the Guard

This year’s US Open showed the world that tennis’s next generation is here

by Eric Wills | Thursday, September 15, 2022

The Allure of the Enigmatic

“Mod” London takes center stage in Michelangelo Antonioni’s mind-blowing Blow-Up

by David Lehman | Thursday, August 25, 2022

The Affair Rekindled

Remembering the plight of Dreyfus and the effect it had on a young Marcel Proust

by Robert Zaretsky | Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Disappearing Modernists

Where did it all go wrong for so much music of the 20th century?

by Mark N. Grant | Thursday, August 04, 2022

Famous Last Lines

How many do you know by heart?

by David Lehman | Thursday, July 21, 2022

Our Remedy

Quack Covid cures and New Age elixirs are just a 21st-century spin on 19th-century patent medicines

by Colin Dickey | Thursday, July 07, 2022
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