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Paleolithic Passions

Paleolithic Passions

Charles Foster attempts to live—and think—as humans did 40,000 years ago

Stephanie Bastek

Spinning a Good Yarn

Spinning a Good Yarn

Once upon a time, Clara Parkes adopted a 676-pound bale of wool and got an inside look at a disappearing industry

Stephanie Bastek

Nature’s Pharmacy

Nature’s Pharmacy

How ethnobotany blends past and future medicine

Stephanie Bastek

People of the Parchment

People of the Parchment

The ordinary lives hidden in medieval manuscripts

Stephanie Bastek

American Modernism’s Lost Boy-King

American Modernism’s Lost Boy-King

Paul Auster on Stephen Crane

Stephanie Bastek

The Sorceresses’ Amanuensis

The Sorceresses’ Amanuensis

Alice Hoffman on the conclusion of the Practical Magic series

Stephanie Bastek

Bite Club

Bite Club

Why the 17th-century vampire still haunts us today

Stephanie Bastek

Haunting the Homeland

Haunting the Homeland

Germany has all but forgotten the frenzy of witch trials and wonder doctors of the postwar period—but why?

Stephanie Bastek

A Literary Love Letter to Egypt

A Literary Love Letter to Egypt

The story of Cairo’s first modern bookstore

Stephanie Bastek

The Late, Great, Country House

The Late, Great, Country House

Dissecting the myth of the deteriorating British estate

Stephanie Bastek

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Read me a Poem

“Farewell” by Agha Shahid Ali

“Farewell” by Agha Shahid Ali

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“Failing and Flying” by Jack Gilbert

“Failing and Flying” by Jack Gilbert

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“The Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall

“The Ballad of Birmingham” by Dudley Randall

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“Salutation to the Dawn” by Kalidasa

“Salutation to the Dawn” by Kalidasa

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“The Quarrel” by Katherine Mansfield

“The Quarrel” by Katherine Mansfield

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“There’s a Moon Inside My Body” by Kabir

“There’s a Moon Inside My Body” by Kabir

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“When You Are Old” by W. B. Yeats

“When You Are Old” by W. B. Yeats

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“On Living” by Nâzim Hikmet

“On Living” by Nâzim Hikmet

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“Abduction” by Saadi Youssef

“Abduction” by Saadi Youssef

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

“The Lightkeeper” by Carolyn Forché

“The Lightkeeper” by Carolyn Forché

Poems read aloud, beautifully

Amanda Holmes

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Americans in Paris

A Conversation with Claude Grunitzky

A Conversation with Claude Grunitzky

Thomas Chatterton Williams

A Conversation with Mira Kamdar

A Conversation with Mira Kamdar

Thomas Chatterton Williams

A Conversation with Lindsey Tramuta

A Conversation with Lindsey Tramuta

Thomas Chatterton Williams

A Conversation with Jordan Mintzer

A Conversation with Jordan Mintzer

Thomas Chatterton Williams

A Conversation with Lauren Collins

A Conversation with Lauren Collins

Thomas Chatterton Williams

A Conversation with Mathieu Lefevre

A Conversation with Mathieu Lefevre

Thomas Chatterton Williams

A Conversation with James McAuley

A Conversation with James McAuley

Thomas Chatterton Williams

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The Reading Hordes

The Reading Hordes

By Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen

An excerpt from The Library: A Fragile History by Andrew Pettegree and Arthur der Weduwen
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