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

On the Record, At Last

My father never got to tell his story at the war crimes trials at Nuremberg—it’s taken decades for the truth to come out

Words, Words, Words

What does the advent of ChatGPT mean for already beleaguered teachers?

Rage Against the Machine

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

The Mule on the Stairs

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

A Midcentury Bender

Revisiting Mad Men, 15 years later

Bad Jew

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

The Changing of the Guard

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

The Allure of the Enigmatic

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

The Affair Rekindled

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

The Disappearing Modernists

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


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