My Brain on My Mind

The ABCs of the thrumming, plastic mystery that allows us to think, feel, and remember

by Priscilla Long

The Stolen Election

An expatriate Iranian writer travels her troubled homeland in the weeks after a disputed presidential vote

by Gelareh Asayesh

Seventy Years Later

The Second World War destroyed Adolf Hitler, but his legacy is showing disturbing signs of life

by John Lukacs

Strange Matter

The physics and poetics of the search for the God particle

by John Olson

Wrestling with Two Behemoths

A longtime New Yorker, and New Yorker writer, gets the cold shoulder from powerful New York cultural institutions

by Ved Mehta


Editor's Note

Security Check

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Autumn Issue

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Letters From …

Rwanda: 'Our Big Mistake'

Sarah Kenyon Lischer

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Point of Departure

Writing English as a Second Language

William Zinsser

Book Essay

Shylock, My Students, and Me

Paula Marantz Cohen

Book Reviews

Science Doubters

Natalie Angier

Laissez-Faire Run Amok

Ethan Fishman

Riffs and Raptures

Sarah L. Courteau

Wrestling the Moose

Miranda Weiss

The Tales Buildings Tell

Stanley Abercrombie

Through Fire and Flood

Jay Parini


The Blue Birds Come Today

Laura Furman


Mark Jude Poirier


Karl Kirchwey's Forge of Love

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

Karl Kirchwey

The Study

Rachel Hadas


Offbeat at the Apollo

Elvis Costello’s cable TV show, Spectacle, ranges across musical genres and centuries

Wendy Smith

Tuning Up

Go-o-o-o, Lemmings!

Stomp those Stormy Petrels!

Brian Doyle