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Weike Wang Reads Lara Vapnyar 2021-04-01 06:00:00The author joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Katania,” by Lara Vapnyar, which appeared in a 2013 issue of the magazine.

The Politics of Bad Sex 2021-03-31 15:01:39A new book argues that current standards of affirmative consent place too much emphasis on knowing what we want.

Daniel Borzutzky’s Poems Channel Cacophony in an Age 2021-03-31 07:39:12“Written After a Massacre in the Year 2018” does more than bear witness for posterity; it speaks of, and to, our moment.

Why Animals Don’t Get Lost 2021-03-29 06:00:00Birds do it. Bees do it. Learning about the astounding navigational feats of wild creatures can teach us a lot about where we’re going.

The Politics of Stopping Pandemics 2021-03-29 06:00:00Even before the COVID-19 crisis, global instability had caused a worrying rise in epidemics. Medical science alone won’t be able to turn th

Sybille Bedford and the Unruly Art of the 2021-03-29 06:00:00The writer kept returning to the events of her life, but she never pretended that her narrative cohered.

Sterling HolyWhiteMountain on Culture Shock 2021-03-29 06:00:00The author discusses “Featherweight,” his story from the latest issue of the magazine.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2021-03-29 06:00:00“Zabor, or the Psalms,” “Milk Blood Heat,” “Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free,” and “The

Sunday Reading: Film Stories 2021-03-28 06:00:00From the magazine’s archive: pieces about the influence of film on literature, and vice versa.

The Historians Under Attack for Exploring Poland’s Role 2021-03-26 06:00:00Scholars face defamation suits, and potential criminal charges, in the Polish government’s effort to exonerate the nation of any role in the mur

A Novel for Life After the Pandemic 2021-03-25 06:00:00Sigrid Nunez’s “Salvation City” imagines the strange and intangible fallout of a global pandemic.

How Do Plague Stories End? 2021-03-24 12:20:04In the literature of contagion, when society is finally free of disease, it’s up to humanity to decide how to begin again.

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‘Fierce Poise’ illuminates the career of an overlooked 2021-03-22 17:22:50Electrified by Jackson Pollock’s work, painter Helen Frankenthaler blazed her own path and went toe-to-toe with the male artists of the New York

‘Red Island House’ probes uncomfortable collisions of class, 2021-03-22 16:58:06Colonialism fuels the conflict within a Black American woman, whose wealthy Italian husband sets up a resort on an impoverished African island.

‘In the Gospels, no one is essential but 2021-03-17 12:00:11Some of Sarah Ruden’s choices offer a refreshing break from the familiar versions of the past. Others don’t quite work.

Cosmic grandeur pervades Alan Lightman’s ‘Probable Impossibilities’ 2021-03-16 18:28:23Galactic wonder radiates through these essays by the renowned theoretical physicist, whose writing proves companionable and illuminating.

A win for labor laid the groundwork for 2021-03-16 18:06:56A strike at General Motors, led by the rising UAW, brought concessions that improved the lives of workers across the United States.

The road to reclaiming Jewish property rarely runs 2021-03-15 16:00:05Property records and personal history become entwined as a descendant of a Holocaust survivor searches Poland for clues about his grandfather’s

An early Black mutual aid society surfaces in 2021-03-12 11:25:50A set of ledgers, nearly thrown out, leads Fatima Shaik to discover a fellowship of free Black men that predates the Civil War in “Economy Hall.

The New York Review of Books

Lincoln’s Rowdy America 2021-04-08 09:00:00Amid the dismal presidential contest of 1856 that put James Buchanan, a moss-backed northern apologist for slavery, in the White House, Walt Whitman,

Eclipsed by Fame 2021-04-08 09:00:00The world’s first scientist-celebrity, Isaac Newton, was entombed in Westminster Abbey with high ceremony, alongside statesmen and royalty, unde

The Problem of the Present 2021-04-08 09:00:00It was like a whip, the animated snappingof the man lying like an overturned turtleon the bed in the upstairs bedroom,his henchmen and henchwomen down

A Praise House of Many Mansions 2021-04-08 09:00:00Worn wooden benches were filled to capacity on a Sunday morning in Georgia. Men and women sat shoulder to shoulder, slowly rocking, trying to forget t

Victory and Misery in Haiti 2021-04-08 09:00:00To the Editors: There are some dangerous misstatements and curious falsehoods in Ferdinand Mount’s recent review of David A. Bell’s Men on

‘What the Hell Can I Call Myself Except 2021-04-08 09:00:00On October 24, 2017, Paulette Wilson was transferred from Britain’s Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre to London’s Heathrow Airp

In the Act of Living 2021-04-08 09:00:00I was once taken to an event at the New School by Barbara Epstein and she introduced me to Janet Malcolm at the drinks party afterward. “I&rsquo

The Companionship of Nature 2021-04-08 09:00:00In her tour-de-force memoir, H Is for Hawk (2014), the English writer and naturalist Helen Macdonald described how she survived her grief over the dea

All Over Desire 2021-04-08 09:00:00“What do you want?” is a painful question. To answer it honestly forces you to bring your own desire into confrontation with the flinching

Averted Intimacies 2021-04-08 09:00:00There are two common ways in which a literary canon is titled and presented to the public. One is simply as a list of “best” books. As in,

Dividends of a Just Economy 2021-04-08 09:00:00Ever since the early twentieth century, advocates of taming capitalism in the public interest have assumed that energized citizens and activist govern

When Poverty Became Profane 2021-04-08 09:00:00On December 1, 2020, with the holiday season approaching and the latest congressional stimulus package stalled, The Washington Post reported that &ldq

Books : NPR

In 'Caul Baby,' A Rare Gift Becomes A 2021-04-06 16:08:00In Morgan Jerkins' novel, a family of Black women has a gift; they're born with a caul, a layer over their skin that protects them from harm. They c

Poet Hanif Abdurraqib On The Intersection Of Black 2021-04-06 13:58:16What do Soul Train and Whitney Houston tell us about race in America? In his book, A Little Devil in America, the culture critic traces the history of

A Daughter Struggles To Escape Her Mother's Shadow 2021-04-06 11:44:07What if a child doesn't share a parent's ambition? Kaitlyn Greenidge's novel is inspired by the life of Dr. Susan Smith McKinney-Steward, the third

Haruki Murakami: 'I've Had All Sorts Of Strange 2021-04-06 07:00:00Murakami's new story collection, First Person Singular, touches some of his favorite subjects — jazz, baseball, classical music — but als

Stranger Danger: An Economist's Guide To Overcoming Distrust 2021-04-06 06:30:02A new book delves into humanity's long march to overcoming distrust.

Memoir Offers Advice On 'How To Raise A 2021-04-06 05:03:00A feminist son, says author Sonora Jha, means "a boy who believes in the full humanity of women and girls around him." It also means recognizing tha

Singer Brandi Carlile Talks Ambition, Avoidance And Finally 2021-04-05 13:04:53The six-time Grammy winner got her start as a kid, singing backup for an Elvis impersonator. Her new memoir, Broken Horses, is about her early life an

Through Decades Of Addiction, Hunter Biden Says His 2021-04-05 05:00:00Hunter Biden's new memoir is a story of his years of alcohol and drug addiction. He tells NPR that the one constant was the love of his family: "The

Ilona Bannister's Debut Novel Depicts The Struggles Of 2021-04-04 07:57:31NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to author Ilona Bannister about her debut novel, When I Ran Away.

Old Ways Cradle A New Life In 'I 2021-04-04 07:57:00Caldecott Medal-winning artist Michaela Goade's Tlingit heritage her illustrations for I Sang You Do