A friendship between two couples yields insights into a presidency and a marriage
Four years after the 2008 financial crisis, banks are behaving more recklessly than ever
Lincoln the deliberate emancipator
The struggle back to life and faith in the face of pain and the certainty of death
The epistolary romance of a Los Alamos scientist and a Radcliffe junior destined for poetic renown
A passion for philosophy led me to my first career, and a passion for art led me to a second, as a critic
W. S. Merwin, one of the most celebrated and prolific poets of his generation, died last Friday at the age of 91. A former U.S. poet laureate and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Merwin was also known for his work as a conservationist. After moving to Hawaii in the 1970s, he began the decades-long project of restoring different plant species to the former pineapple plantation where he lived. Merwin was notoriously difficult to contact, but in the fall of last year, John Kaag managed to interview him over the phone. Merwin, he reports, repeated the same lines throughout their conversation: “The time of wisdom cannot be measured, and, for me, wisdom is the garden. There is no time in the garden.” In an essay for the Scholar, Kaag explores this relationship between gardening and the passage of time, and how it is reflected in Merwin’s life and poetry.
Mahmoud Darwish was the voice of the Palestinian people—chronicling not just the struggles and political injustices, but also the rhythms of daily life
Thomas Jefferson and the economics of slavery
What if our minds are the ultimate reality?
An old friend explores his search for a new approach to the novel
Crime, politics, and the vagaries of Japanese justice
Wealth and culture in early Christian times