Robert Ingersoll, the Great Agnostic, inspired late-19th-century Americans to uphold the founders’ belief in separation of church and state
The intimacies shared with our closest companions keep us anchored, vital, and alive
It took billions of years to make the earth habitable for humans. A distinguished astronomer warns the United Nations how quickly that can be reversed.
The treacherous quest for the source of the Nile was the downfall of John Hanning Speke
Street killings of students are so familiar in South Central that kids practice their own grim rituals
In which I tell how I fell hard for a dog, why I have problems with women, and what I know about Ludwig Wittgenstein
W. S. Merwin, one of the most celebrated and prolific poets of his generation, died last Friday at the age of 91. A former U.S. poet laureate and the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, Merwin was also known for his work as a conservationist. After moving to Hawaii in the 1970s, he began the decades-long project of restoring different plant species to the former pineapple plantation where he lived. Merwin was notoriously difficult to contact, but in the fall of last year, John Kaag managed to interview him over the phone. Merwin, he reports, repeated the same lines throughout their conversation: “The time of wisdom cannot be measured, and, for me, wisdom is the garden. There is no time in the garden.” In an essay for the Scholar, Kaag explores this relationship between gardening and the passage of time, and how it is reflected in Merwin’s life and poetry.
The folk tales gathered by the Brothers Grimm not only enchant us; they record the hardships European families endured for centuries
Terror as a way of life in East Germany, Poland, and Hungary
Baudelaire’s shock of the new
Not crazy, just creative
Two titans of art go head to head