As the economy gets ever better at satisfying our immediate, self-serving needs, who is minding the future?
Only through our imagination can we know the world
Delusions can occur in perfectly “normal” people
A family escaped the Nazis in 1939, finding refuge in America, but its hardships were far from over
A South African family of privilege kept its secrets
Rescuing the memory of a cataclysm
“Could we have been better parents?” At 87, Cornell emeritus professor James McConkey reflects on the inadvertent ways that parents—especially fathers—shape their children. “Most parents don’t want their children to suffer the kind of grief inflicted on them by their own parents,” he says in this essay from our Spring 2008 issue. “By saving them from that, though, they may inflict upon their children difficulties of another kind.” As the father to three sons, McConkey is acutely aware of how his relationship with his own father informed his relationship with his children. His essay “What Kind of Father Am I?” is a meditation on aging, parenthood, and the bond between fathers and sons.
Every writer eventually faces the question: Is there anything left to say?
The flawed, tragic hero whose music defined an age
A city’s seamy side
We may be alone after all
Prose for the people
A literary walk on the wild side
An expedition gone wrong
Two presidents and their war
A powerful plea for vaccination