Solitude and Leadership

If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts

by William Deresiewicz

Reading in a Digital Age

Notes on why the novel and the Internet are opposites, and why the latter both undermines the former and makes it more necessary

by Sven Birkerts

Nabokov Lives On

Why his unfinished novel, Laura, deserved to be published; what’s left in the voluminous archive of his unpublished work

by Brian Boyd

They Get to Me

A young psycholinguist confesses her strong attraction to pronouns

by Jessica Love

When the Light Goes On

How a great teacher can bring a receptive mind to life

by Mike Rose

To Die of Having Lived

A neurological surgeon reflects on what patients and their families should and should not do when the end draws near

by Richard Rapport


Editor's Note

Depth Wish

Robert Wilson


Response to our Winter Issue

Our readers

Letter From …

Italy: ‘A Pilgrim's Progress’

Lincoln Perry

Tuning Up

Giving Absurdity Its Due

Robert Zaretsky

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews



Lily Tuck


God’s Toys: Alfred Corn

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

Alfred Corn

Works in Progress

Olympics Forecast: Cloudy with Towers

Emily Ochoa

A Very Long View from Here

A.C. Grayling

Cyber Counseling

Eliot Folsom

Memorial 2.0

Chloe Taft

Throwing Light on the Matter

Sam Kean

All in the (Flu) Family

Jennifer Henderson

A Match Made in Moorea

Vanessa Schipani

Point of Departure

Historians and Nature

Donald Worster


Beethoven Visits Cleveland

In 1958, the Colossus speaks to an 11-year-old boy

Harvey Sachs

Auteurs Gone Wild

Why the director's cut often turns into an ax murder

Alex Rose

Book Essay

Book Reviews

Truth and Consequences

In the Whitewater investigation, the biggest loser was the legal profession

Lincoln Caplan

The Imbalance of Power

How the Manhattan Project gave birth to the imperial presidency

Paul Boyer

The Lovable Leviathan

Whales hold a special place in our imagination, but their situation is dire

Sy Montgomery

A Long, Cold Road to Paris

The 2,000-mile, 40-day journey of future first lady Louisa Catherine Adams

Paul C. Nagel

The Debacle Before the Disaster

At Dien Bien Phu, the French got a lesson the U.S. would take two decades to learn

Charles Trueheart

In the Shadow of Genocide

Impressions of a Turkish town that was once in Armenia

Graeme Wood