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Stress Test for Free Speech

Social media are destroying the democratic culture that the First Amendment is meant to protect

Cover Story

Stress Test for Free Speech

Social media are destroying the democratic culture that the First Amendment is meant to protect

ARTICLES

Finding Time

Geochronologists establish precise dates for events that occurred eons ago

Dangerous Ground

When confronting matters of race, some boundaries are more easily breached than others

Present Tense

Even in this interminable drugstore line, my daughter’s last summer before college is slipping by

My Family’s Siberian Exile

A writer pieces together the forgotten history of life in Stalin’s special settlements

The End of Literature

Even if writing is reduced to tweeted epigrams to keep readers reading, won’t writers still

Finding Time

Geochronologists establish precise dates for events that occurred eons ago

Dangerous Ground

When confronting matters of race, some boundaries are more easily breached than others

Present Tense

Even in this interminable drugstore line, my daughter’s last summer before college is slipping by

My Family’s Siberian Exile

A writer pieces together the forgotten history of life in Stalin’s special settlements

The End of Literature

Even if writing is reduced to tweeted epigrams to keep readers reading, won’t writers still

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DEPARTMENTS

editor's note

tuning up

Her Too

A daughter calculates the cost of her mother’s electrical career

poetry

Four Poems
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“On Vacation,” “Stonehenge Sandwich,” “Creazzo Alto,” and “Orvieto Classico”

anniversaries

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fiction

I Live for the Night

How to lose your drums and get them back

Fit the Description

A famous photojournalist crashes a lunch date; hijinks ensue

commonplace book

Book essay

Bringing In the Horse

Virgil’s account of the sacking of Troy has similarities to the political situation of our day

book reviews

The Loyal Opposition

A timely new biography of an avatar of courage and bipartisanship

A Poet in Purgatory

An inside look at a literary marriage that ended in disaster

The Runaway Question

How people fleeing bondage helped transform the nation

The House for the Soul

Investigating the rhythmic beat at the center of our lives

Lives of the Artists

The vistas and losses of two great English painters

A Proximity to Greatness

How a reclusive writer’s work came to be published