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Man’s Biggest Friend 2019-11-03 06:00:22The Asian elephant is the second-largest land mammal on earth. Highly intelligent, immensely powerful, and with life spans as long as humans’, t

Jesus, Mary, and Mary 2019-11-03 05:00:14It is curious to note that, compared with our oft-maligned medieval predecessors, we might be somewhat puritanical. Their more durable faith may be on

Sketching an Uncertain Future 2019-11-02 03:00:16Eleanor Davis is one of the very best cartoonists working today. She has (among many other things) an amazing way of drawing people: they are both emo

‘Closing Time’: My Lost Literary World 2019-11-01 10:11:38Although all of us sustain losses—of loved ones, friends and acquaintances—at some point in our lives, it is around this time that they be

The Deeply Dedicated State 2019-10-31 11:33:45The State Department does not have a reputation for producing heroes. On the contrary, the department is commonly maligned in both elite and popular s

The Muse at Her Easel 2019-10-31 05:30:11The word museography properly refers to the systematic description of objects in museums, but it might also do for the culture and ideology surroundin

Elephant in the Room 2019-10-31 03:00:58To the Editors: Glen Bowersock’s identification of the event depicted in the Huqoq Elephant Mosaic overlooks other possible interpretations, som

Speaking for Sayyid 2019-10-31 03:00:56To the Editors: Ursula Lindsey refers to a controversy that erupted among some English-reading Egyptians and expats over my New Yorker profile of Sayy

Lessons in Survival 2019-10-31 03:00:27My grandmother Mabel Raboteau fled the coastal town of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and the terror of Jim Crow along the northern pathway of the Great

In Defense of Russian Rocketry 2019-10-31 03:00:25To the Editors: I enjoyed James Gleick’s entertaining and informative panoramic summary of humanity’s relationship to Earth’s natura

Why Gay Reparation’s Time Has Come 2019-10-30 11:56:29Compared to its democratic peers in Western Europe, the United States is a gay reparation laggard. Despite the overwhelmingly positive press the Unite

Saving ‘New Sounds’ 2019-10-29 09:13:00So many times, over the years, friends have called me up, and then, in more recent years, emailed or texted, to say they had heard my music on the rad


New 'Paris Review' Poetry Editor Vijay Seshadri Has 2019-11-09 10:00:20Vijay Seshadri has been named the twelfth poetry editor ofThe Paris Review. He says he sees a resurgence in American poetry right now, and a new recog

The Booker Prize Is Shared By The 12 2019-11-09 08:12:00Bernardine Evaristo's new award-winning novel follows a dozen different characters, aged 19-93. "I wanted to put as many black British women into it

In 'Like Falling Through A Cloud,' Eugenia Zukerman 2019-11-09 08:12:00The classical flutist came back from the hospital after receiving an Alzheimer's diagnosis and felt compelled to write. The result is a stunning memo

'The Guinevere Deception' Casts A Surprising Spell 2019-11-09 07:00:01Kiersten White's retelling of the King Arthur story puts his queen Guinevere at the center — only she's not really Guinevere. She's a magic-w

How The Fugitive Slave Act Paved The Way 2019-11-08 13:51:00Author Andrew Delbanco says Northerners began to realize slavery wasn't just a Southern issue after the passage of the 1850 law. His book is The War

Scandal Brings Down A Remarkable College Basketball Team 2019-11-08 07:43:00The '50 City College of New York Beavers were the only team to win the NIT and the NCAA tournaments. Matthew Goodman's book details how a point-shav

Watching (And Writing) The Watchmen 2019-11-07 11:06:35A new HBO adaptation of the legendary comic is receiving rave reviews.

'The Mysterious Affair At Olivetti' Attempts To Find 2019-11-07 10:52:36Biographer Meryle Secrest chases a theory that two key Olivetti computer visonaries' deaths did not happen as officially recorded. While a gripping r

'The Deep' Sings With Many Voices 2019-11-07 07:00:02Rivers Solomon's lyrical, wrenching new novella is based on a track from the experimental rap group clipping., about a peaceful undersea race descend

'A Marvelous Life' Holds Stan Lee High As 2019-11-06 15:27:38Danny Fingeroth spends some time unpacking Lee's long-running dispute with Jack Kirby and others over ownership, but mainly offers strong insights in

'We're All Struggling': Writer Saeed Jones Reflects On 2019-11-06 13:59:57"It was perilous to be a black gay boy in America," Jones says of the fear and isolation he experienced growing up in Texas in the 1990s. His new me

A Film Grows In Edward Norton's 'Motherless Brooklyn' 2019-11-06 11:30:30The writer, director, and lead actor of the film "Motherless Brooklyn" joins us.

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