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
Postpartum depression, Jean Kim writes, “seems like the last feminine taboo, stronger than crack babies or neglect: a mother hating her newborn child.” In honor of the women and mothers often left out this weekend, we revisit one of our favorite essays, in which a psychiatrist wonders what it means to want a child, have a child, or have a child you do not want.
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