Opposition to affirmative action has drastically reduced minority enrollment at public universities; private institutions have the power and the responsibility to reverse the trend
The real story of a biographer in a celebrity culture of public denials, media timidity, and legal threats
Neuroscientists are discovering things about the brain that answer questions philosophers have been asking for centuries
At 80, a woman with a fatal disease knows she doesn't want to die in the hospital and discovers, with her family, what that really means
After years of favoring the endurance-test approach to teaching literature, a professor focuses on how to make books spark to life for her students
A noted midcentury critic has much to say in his journal about his fellow writers and the literary world they shared
Restoration of Rome Open city, the director’s masterpiece, prompts a look at why he later retreated from the neorealism it introduced
“Could we have been better parents?” At 87, Cornell emeritus professor James McConkey reflects on the inadvertent ways that parents—especially fathers—shape their children. “Most parents don’t want their children to suffer the kind of grief inflicted on them by their own parents,” he says in this essay from our Spring 2008 issue. “By saving them from that, though, they may inflict upon their children difficulties of another kind.” As the father to three sons, McConkey is acutely aware of how his relationship with his own father informed his relationship with his children. His essay “What Kind of Father Am I?” is a meditation on aging, parenthood, and the bond between fathers and sons.
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A novelist finds his classic voice
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