Last Rites and Comic Flights

A funeral in a 1984 Japanese film offers moments of slapstick amid the solemnity

Polish Lessons

Four decades ago, a young American found himself in Warsaw during turbulent, extraordinary times

A Remembrance of  Places Both Empty and Full

The divine, stark photographs of Robert Adams

The Believer

When nobody would touch Joyce’s manuscript, Sylvia Beach stepped in

Ter Conatus

Reading Joyce in a minor key

Know Me Come Eat With Me

In the world of Ulysses, food turns out to be everything

The Lions and the San

How could a people survive for thousands of years with so many predators in their midst?


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Mullet Street

On New Orleans’s most famous thoroughfare, it’s always 1986

Single Origin or Bust

The quest of the modern connoisseur

When ‘All-Inclusive’ Is Anything But

What’s to become of a modest, beloved vacation retreat?

Melville’s Chowder

In search of a 19th-century recipe

A Voice From Beyond

Can we sense our loved ones when they’re gone?


Stanzas From a Locked-Down World

Form, fragment, and memory in the lyrics of Terrance Hayes


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commonplace book

Book essay

She Was the Toast of the World

The dramas and diaries of Edna St. Vincent Millay

book reviews

Morals, Meaning, and Nonsense

Ethical inquiry requires lived experience, not just logical examination

Different People, Different Stories

On the complexities of lumping psychiatric patients into categories

More Than a ‘Mere Echo’

English versions of foreign literature must stand on their own

What a Long, Strange Trip It Was

The explosive writer who created worlds alien and mundane

A Whale of a Story

The parallel lives of   Moby-Dick’s creator and the historian who rescued him from obscurity

California Scheming

Has one of the 20th century’s greatest unsolved crimes finally been cracked?

Subatomic Inspiration

The enigmatic thinker behind the Large Hadron Collider