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?
Fifty years ago, 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.”
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?