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?
We admit that unofficial, national fill-in-the-blank days can sometimes feel contrived. (National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, anyone?) But National Hug Your Dog Day (April 10) is too good not to celebrate, especially if it means we can revisit one of our favorite essays: Chloe Shaw’s “What Is a Dog?” from our Spring 2018 issue. After losing a beloved hound named Booker—described as a “wolf meets horse meets dinosaur meets tongue”—Shaw confronts the joys and inevitable sorrows of loving a pet. “A dog is a second chance. A dog is death and life. A dog is plush red carpet and fresh warm pee.” A dog is worth celebrating, and not only on April 10.
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?