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
Fifty years ago, when Neil Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, the moment represented years of work and technical accomplishment. But it also left NASA struggling with a daunting new challenge: figuring out what to do next. Over the years, it has answered this question in part by highlighting the dizzying array of inventions it has inspired—some 1,500 a year. “Besides rocket science itself, perhaps the biggest thing people fail to understand about the agency is how its work has reverberated throughout the world in ways we experience directly every day,” writes Isabelle Taft. “It’s a mark of the agency’s enduring influence that even if we never make it there, we’re already living in a society forged by outer space.”
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