Our increasing reliance on drugs—prescribed, over-the-counter, illegal, and ordered online like pizza—suggests we have a deeper problem
And how LUCA, Earth’s first living cell, became Lucas, my adorable grandnephew
The advent of new religions in the 1800s led to fierce debates that persist today
The sensations of landing on the island long ago haunted a writer’s final memories
A decades-long correspondence with the Italian writer Arturo Vivante covered it all: hardship, love, and the endurance of art
A grandmother’s life in five moves, from Hitler’s Europe to the American Midwest
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.
An intimate portrait of a couple who helped forge a nation
Living in the aftermath of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll
Decoding the hieroglyphs that accompanied the dead pharaohs
Leaders of the last century
Why did Pyongyang kidnap several dozen Japanese?
A scientist’s love of lava
The ancient, tangled roots of modern language