Private prison companies treat immigrant detainees like convicted criminals—and reap huge profits from the people they hold
John Adams’s famous defense of the British may not be, as we’ve always understood it, the ultimate
expression of principle and the rule of law
Two small towns in northeast Iowa are caught up in the national struggle over immigration
In a rural hospital, a patient passes the night without knowing how lucky he is to have avoided death
My father was training to fight a war, but his real battle was with himself
How American war surplus helped build the world’s most successful merchant marine
Aging has its rewards until it doesn’t. I am ready to contemplate the end but not, yet, to give in to it
As L.A. teachers prepare to go on strike, we’re revisiting an essay by Anne P. Beatty about her time teaching high school in South Central Los Angeles, where her homeroom class often paused for a moment of silence to mourn students who had died in drive-by shootings. Her students knew that this was not the case in wealthier school districts. “They knew that somewhere there were schools with computers that worked, just as they knew that somewhere it was safe to walk through the streets at night,” Beatty writes. “They knew it wasn’t normal for 16-year-olds to die.” But what she found shocking, her students had to learn to endure. “Apathy was involved in giving in to the violence, and there was despair over the prospect of a better future.”
Shouldn’t literature enchant, surprise, and teach us? And to make this happen, shouldn’t we be the most expert readers we can be?
A new look at the island empire’s prize possession
A scholar of early Christianity on how her work informed her life
A Soviet émigré’s never-ending battle to be understood
Can age-old philosophy lead the way to happiness?
A German-born composer and his English oratorios
Known for rendering others, a writer turns his attention inward