Philip Gove and “Our Word”

A lexicographer remembers the worst frigging part of the job

Beethoven Underground

One ensemble bids farewell, with another just getting started

The Forgotten Writers of the Shoah

What the work of women survivors can tell us about the horrors of life in the camps

The Humanist in the Laboratory

A personal encounter with J. Robert Oppenheimer

The Decreationist

Simone Weil’s thoughts on the unmaking of the self

Alcaraz’s World

The future of men’s tennis is now

“Better Asians than Blacks”

What we’re missing about the SCOTUS decision on race-conscious admissions

Just Imagine

Adam Smith on the faculty that makes us human

The Musical Bard

A turn through the musical museum of folk song and family

Remembering Alison

A writer who relished the extremes in life and found humor in the darkest regions

A Terrifying Delight

Following Robert Frost into the depths

Consummated in Exile

A new recording of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances conveys the breadth of the 20th-century composer’s life’s journey

The Importance of Being Different

A travel writer’s education

Stereotypes and the City

 What to make of HBO’s attempts to diversify an iconic show?

Ripeness Is All

What may be the fate of classical music’s new superstars?

The Very Elder Statesman

Konrad Adenauer transformed West Germany, doing his best work as an octogenarian

Iris as Pupil

Before this canonical English writer published novels, she was a student of French postwar philosophy


The feelings of yearning and loss, when faced with an empty nest, can manifest in striking ways

A State of Perpetual Unease

Sartre’s essay on French anti-Semitism cast the problem in existential terms

Keeping House

Clinging to the rituals of home—even when longing to let them go


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