Web Essays

A Pre-Columbian Bestiary

Fantastic creatures of indigenous Latin America

by Ilan Stavans | Thursday, August 06, 2020

La Havilland

The movie star became a fixture in Paris, where she lived for half her lifetime

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, July 27, 2020

Beyond Classification

One writer’s journey into the labyrinth of political and bureaucratic obfuscation

by Michael Sherry | Thursday, July 23, 2020

Baseless: My Search for Secrets in the Ruins of the Freedom of Information Act · by Nicholson Baker

Brotherly Medicine

The poet who helped bind up the nation’s wounds

by Robert Roper | Thursday, July 16, 2020

America's Black Soldiers

The long history behind the Army's Jim Crow forts

by Elizabeth D. Samet | Saturday, July 11, 2020

Billy Joe Wardlow, RIP

The subject of a Scholar cover story, executed in Texas

by Lincoln Caplan | Thursday, July 09, 2020

The Bloom Has Faded

Reforming the Western canon may not go far enough

by Robert Zaretsky | Monday, June 22, 2020

“A Heap of Juneteenths”

How the word, and the holiday, came about

by John F. Callahan | Thursday, June 18, 2020

Radical Elegies

At a time when many of us are cut off from the natural world, Wordsworth seems more essential than ever

by Jonathan Bate | Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Givers

On this Mother’s Day, let’s acknowledge the power of those who offer both professional and domestic care

by Amanda Parrish Morgan | Friday, May 08, 2020
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