We may think the bomb is back, but it never really went away
The scourge of military sexual assault and the warrior’s masculine code
Why is the seminal work of the great American transcendentalist held in such scorn today?
An ephemeral birthmark is a rare gift, connecting me to generations spanning the centuries
Much to my regret, I never truly knew the woman who helped raise me
As a writer walks and muses, the world’s sorrows intrude upon the peaceful streets he will be leaving
Fifty years ago this week, 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.”
The legendary New York Review of Books editor knew everybody, had read everything, and oversaw every stage of what he published
Unraveling the mystery of why people act as they do
Most Americans assume society is more egalitarian than it is
The flavor of food is produced by all of the senses
The poet whose bucolic lyrics defined a generation
A writer who refused to live in a world robbed of meaning
What relation does art bear to suffering?
A marriage of convenience that yielded an intelligence bonanza