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Essays

The Virtue of an Educated Voter

The Founders believed that a well-informed electorate preserves our fragile democracy and benefits American society

Essays

The Virtue of an Educated Voter

The Founders believed that a well-informed electorate preserves our fragile democracy and benefits American society

ARTICLES

Chicago Hope

Can the collaboration between a progressive boarding school and a big-city charter academy transform American

Writing the Unimaginable

When future generations look back at the fiction of our time, what will they make

Put a Bird on It

How did a beguiling South American hummingbird end up in the basement of a Pennsylvania

Turbulence

Death can come at any time, from above or below, but life requires putting fear

Thine as Ever, P. T. Barnum

A scholar offers three utterly fictitious letters he wishes the famous showman had written

Little Bowls of Colors

Writing in a foreign language can reveal secrets long buried in our mother tongue

Chicago Hope

Can the collaboration between a progressive boarding school and a big-city charter academy transform American

Writing the Unimaginable

When future generations look back at the fiction of our time, what will they make

Put a Bird on It

How did a beguiling South American hummingbird end up in the basement of a Pennsylvania

Turbulence

Death can come at any time, from above or below, but life requires putting fear

Thine as Ever, P. T. Barnum

A scholar offers three utterly fictitious letters he wishes the famous showman had written

Little Bowls of Colors

Writing in a foreign language can reveal secrets long buried in our mother tongue

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DEPARTMENTS

editor's note

tuning up

The Thing About Books

Why downsizing to a mere 650 boxes of them makes good sense

poetry

anniversaries

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fiction

The Accident

On market day in the village, two lives are about to collide

commonplace book

Book essay

A Life Written in Invisible Ink

In her rebellious and much-celebrated poetry, Adrienne Rich both deciphered and created the feminist world she inhabited

book reviews

Second Thoughts

To manipulate time, we must first understand how it works

Darkness Illuminated

A horror writer whose real demons were off the page

Territories of Conquest

A new history of the bloodletting that opened the frontier

Before the Rebellion

A colonial American artist’s portraits of an age

The Old Urbanist

Jane Jacobs saw cities as places for people

Healing the Masses

The evolution of care at the nation’s oldest public hospital

A Rare Intelligence

A review of a thrilling life