Essays

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Bless Us, O Instagram

The social media site has popularized grain bowls, kale smoothies—and a new form of prayer

Theodore Gioia

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L’Après-Midi d’un Minimalist Writer

Ann Beattie

Summer on the Sweet Grass

Summer on the Sweet Grass

Notes from a Montana ranch

Thomas McNamee

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The Great Summer Read

Why do we persist in this often futile literary quest?

Joseph Luzzi

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Lists

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Here Comes the Sun

What to read when it arrives

Our Editors

Six Books for Earth Day

Six Books for Earth Day

These underrated nature writers bring the great outdoors to your living room

Becca Cudmore

Five Great Irish Films

Five Great Irish Films

A list of classic Irish movies not made by John Ford

Ruth Barton

The Greatest Escapes

The Greatest Escapes

The 13 boldest getaways in literature

Our Editors

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A City in Crisis

A City in Crisis

By Benjamin J. Pauli

An excerpt from Flint Fights Back by Benjamin J. Pauli
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