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Sunday Reading: Transformational Presidents 2020-11-15 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive: a selection of pieces about Presidential leadership and ambition.

The Professor and the Politician 2020-11-12 09:09:44For Max Weber, only the most heroic figures could generate meaning in the world. Does his theory hold up today?

The Undying Voice of Diane di Prima 2020-11-09 11:00:00So much of the woman I am today is because of the woman Diane once was.

Our Love-Hate Relationship with Gimmicks 2020-11-09 06:00:00Why is the same word used to describe the harmless enchantments of literary technique and the cruel buffoonery of contemporary political and economic

The Ability to Cry 2020-11-09 06:00:00If I shed one tear, I might become Alice, swimming in an ocean of my tears.

Rebecca Curtis on Fantasy and Reality 2020-11-09 06:00:00The author discusses “Hansa and Gretyl and Piece of Shit,” her story from this week’s issue of the magazine.

Shirley Hazzard and the Art of Outsized Intimacy 2020-11-09 06:00:00In her fiction, Hazzard bridged extremes of scale, imbuing minor love stories with epic meaning.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2020-11-09 06:00:00“The Silence,” “A Lover’s Discourse,” “A World Beneath the Sands,” and “Grieving.”

Sunday Reading: The Children’s Hour 2020-11-08 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive: a selection of pieces that explore the inner lives of children.

George Saunders on Surprising Himself 2020-11-02 06:00:00The author discusses “Ghoul,” his story from this week’s issue of the magazine.

Does Knowing God Just Take Practice? 2020-11-02 06:00:00For both the faithful and the doubtful, the source of religious experience can seem mysterious. One anthropologist explores belief in more mundane ter

Searching for Refuge After the Second World War 2020-11-02 06:00:00The end of the war brought a sense of possibility—a chance to redefine civilization. But for Jews displaced throughout Europe more doors cl

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The intricate inner workings of a Japanese police 2020-11-17 18:31:09Part procedural and part office drama, four novellas paint a portrait of the complex mechanisms of police bureaucracy in Japan.

‘The Russian Pink’ offers jewels, thrills, and sneaky 2020-11-17 16:53:48Studded with facts about black market diamond trading, this fictional thriller has adrenaline rushes, villainous plotters, and glamorous gems galore.

Giving thanks for the 10 best books of 2020-11-16 14:57:13The tantalizing array of great books is reason to give thanks. This month is bursting with unusual novels, humor, cultural critique, and biography.

Brexit brings together two lovers, both of whom 2020-11-13 17:32:14In Xiaolu Guo’s novel “A Lover’s Discourse” two people of different backgrounds are drawn together as Britain moves to isolate

Bank shot: A sports writer and a superfan 2020-11-13 11:38:00In “Our Last Season: A Writer, A Fan, A Friendship,” Harvey Araton pays tribute to the woman who gave him tips about the team – and

Cary Grant’s charm was legendary, but his best 2020-11-10 18:26:00In Scott Eyman’s thorough biography, the actor comes across as a man who hid behind his debonair persona, to the detriment of his relationships.

‘The Upswing’: From personal gain to common good 2020-11-10 18:18:55Robert D. Putnam assesses the schisms and swings in 20th-century American politics – and why there’s hope for the future.

‘The Good American’: One man struggled to make 2020-11-10 18:16:47As America stepped into conflicts across the world in the late 20th century, one bureaucrat took on the thankless task of tallying up the human cost.

Q&A with with James Gardner, author of ‘The 2020-11-10 18:06:29Among Western art institutions, the Louvre looms as a supreme icon of cultural sophistication. But how did it get that way? James Gardner explains.

‘His Only Wife’ turns fairytale tropes upside down 2020-11-10 18:06:09When a poor young woman is offered the hand of a rich young man, the marriage seems like it should solve her problems. What happens when it doesn&rsqu

‘James Monroe’ is an unclouded look at a 2020-11-10 17:56:43Biographers find themselves reckoning with the Founding Fathers’ complicity in slavery – and James Monroe is no exception.

‘Simon the Fiddler’ explores the redemptive power of 2020-11-10 17:46:40A musician, conscripted into the Confederate Army in the waning days of the Civil War, finds reasons for hope.

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Mouse in the Grocery 2020-11-26 11:00:00There are no bacon strips this morning so a mouse ponders a pound of sugar. A mouse wants what a mouse wants, salt-cured pork instead of soluble carbs

A Well-Ventilated Conscience 2020-11-26 11:00:00About halfway through the Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by the Brazilian writer Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, the eponymous narrator compl

An Island at the Crossroads 2020-11-26 11:00:00Okinawa, the largest island in a subtropical archipelago south of Japan known as the Ryukyus, is seventy miles long and seven miles wide. At its north

The Right to Belong 2020-11-26 11:00:00If all the stateless people on earth were to form a nation, its population would exceed that of Sweden, Greece, Azerbaijan, or New York City—pos

It’s Not Science Fiction 2020-11-26 11:00:00The prolific science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, who is at heart an optimist, opens his newest novel, The Ministry for the Future, with a lon

‘The Splendour and the Sting’ 2020-11-26 11:00:00The name Charlotte Mew glimmers between fame and obscurity, and has now for over a century. She was born in 1869 in London and had exactly one book of

Designing Women 2020-11-26 11:00:00The daughter lives in a large stone house on an island off the coast of Brittany, but it wouldn’t be far-fetched to think of her as a princess i

A Noah’s Ark of Books 2020-11-26 11:00:00For the past seventeen years, Reaktion Books has been publishing a series of volumes under the general rubric “Animal”—attractive du

The Pleasure Crafts 2020-11-26 11:00:00The Age of Sail meant long and lonely days for whalers and seamen, but it was not without its consolations. Out on the high seas, despite cramped and

The Body in Swooping Close-Up 2020-11-26 11:00:00The half-stripped woman picked out against the dark in Artemisia Gentileschi’s Lucretia is viewed from above, yet as I stand before this yard-hi

Korea’s Tireless Patriot and Revolutionary 2020-11-26 11:00:00Not all liberations are complete. For the Korean peninsula, the end of World War II brought freedom from Japan’s colonial rule, but it also slic

The Meaning of Home 2020-11-26 11:00:00In March 2019 Bryan Washington published Lot, a book of short stories set in Houston that created, in brilliant, fragmentary form, the portrait of a p

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In 'Ghostways,' A Trip To Two Well-Traveled Places 2020-11-25 13:52:00Ghostways is an examination of grief as a landscape that moves on without us — and the fragility of the green world we're longing to go back to

Book Publisher Simon & Schuster Sold To Rival 2020-11-25 13:45:04The third largest of the "big five" book publishers, was sold by its parent company to Penguin Random House.

Remembering Travel Writer And Memoirist Jan Morris 2020-11-25 13:38:28Morris, who died Nov. 20, transitioned to female in 1972 when she was 46. She later reflected on gender in her memoir, Conundrum. Originally broadcast

Chef David Chang On Depression, Being A Dad 2020-11-25 12:14:00The Momofuku chef says COVID-19 has introduced "seismic" changes to his industry. "We're doing anything and everything to stay afloat," he says.

From Syria To America: A Teen Seeks A 2020-11-25 06:30:23He was only 10 when the soldiers took away his father. Eventually the family fled to Jordan. But where would they go next? Their saga inspired a Pulit

In The Poppy War Series, R.F. Kuang Asks: 2020-11-24 10:00:00The third volume in Kuang's Poppy War series is out now. She grounded the story in history, both her own and China's; it follows a passionate, ruthl

In 'No One Asked For This,' Cazzie David 2020-11-24 05:08:00In a new book of essays, No One Asked For This, Cazzie David writes about struggles with depression and anxiety, the perils of social media, and her e

Kwame Alexander Offers New Poems On Race And 2020-11-24 05:08:00In Light For The World To See: A Thousand Words On Race And Hope, Kwame Alexander writes of the killing of George Floyd, Colin Kaepernick's kneeling

In A New Book, Pope Francis Speaks Out 2020-11-23 17:04:00People who claim that mask mandates deprive them of their personal freedom, Francis says, are "victims only in their own imagination." The book also

Ta-Nehisi Coates On HBO Adaptation Of 'Between The 2020-11-23 15:53:00NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with American author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates about the HBO adaptation of his book Between the World and Me and wha

'Waste' Activist Digs Into The Sanitation Crisis Affecting 2020-11-23 14:16:49In 2017, a study reported one in three people in one rural Alabama county had been exposed to hookworm. Catherine Coleman Flowers says the study revea

HBO Adapts Ta-Nehisi Coates' Best-Selling Book Into A 2020-11-23 05:02:00Our critic says the movie — like Coates' book Between the World and Me — reveals the story of Black survival within the ugliness of Ameri

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