Who knew that mixing the intelligent and the idiosyncratic would yield a long life for a certain small quarterly?
Pressing questions and persistent vitality
A political traditionalist critiques our pseudo-conservative president
Professing liberal doubt in an age of fundamentalist fervor
Working in the mop-and-bucket brigade in college created the perspectives of a lifetime
The posthumous masterwork of an influential black historian tells how slavery itself undermined the Confederacy
Can a friendship really end for no good reason?
As L.A. teachers prepare to go on strike, we’re revisiting an essay by Anne P. Beatty about her time teaching high school in South Central Los Angeles, where her homeroom class often paused for a moment of silence to mourn students who had died in drive-by shootings. Her students knew that this was not the case in wealthier school districts. “They knew that somewhere there were schools with computers that worked, just as they knew that somewhere it was safe to walk through the streets at night,” Beatty writes. “They knew it wasn’t normal for 16-year-olds to die.” But what she found shocking, her students had to learn to endure. “Apathy was involved in giving in to the violence, and there was despair over the prospect of a better future.”
When American literature became good enough for Americans, what happened to the literary canon?
Robert Fagle's bold solutions to the problem of Virgil
Thomas Eakins, yearning for the ideal in a materialistic age
In the last century, where did warfare end and genocide begin?