Essays

Ramona the Pest, Cleary the Friend

Ramona the Pest, Cleary the Friend

Remembering the prolific children's author

Jayne Ross

Injured Merit

Injured Merit

How a righteous sense of grievance can lead to a better world

Paula Marantz Cohen

Rage Against Reason

Rage Against Reason

What Seneca could teach us about our inflamed passions

John T. Scott and Robert Zaretsky

Birthright Citizens and Paper Sons

Birthright Citizens and Paper Sons

The complicated case of an American-born child of Chinese immigrants

Amanda Frost

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Lists

Skeletons in the Closet

Skeletons in the Closet

Six literary haunted houses to visit this October

Amanda Parrish Morgan

Turning Leaves and Turning Pages

Turning Leaves and Turning Pages

Our Editors

The Case for Empathy

The Case for Empathy

Walk a mile in someone else's words

Richard Wertime

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Our favorite epistolary novels

Our Editors

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The Word—and Weird—of God

The Word—and Weird—of God

By Jayne Ross

An excerpt from A Most Peculiar Book: The Inherent Strangeness of the Bible by Kristen Swenson
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