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
We admit that unofficial, national fill-in-the-blank days can sometimes feel contrived. (National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, anyone?) But National Hug Your Dog Day (April 10) is too good not to celebrate, especially if it means we can revisit one of our favorite essays: Chloe Shaw’s “What Is a Dog?” from our Spring 2018 issue. After losing a beloved hound named Booker—described as a “wolf meets horse meets dinosaur meets tongue”—Shaw confronts the joys and inevitable sorrows of loving a pet. “A dog is a second chance. A dog is death and life. A dog is plush red carpet and fresh warm pee.” A dog is worth celebrating, and not only on April 10.
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