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Israeli military police, 1948

Khirbet Khizeh is a study in ambiguity of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

Antal Szerb’s passport, 1931

Antal Szerb and the world’s stubborn magic.

Insurrections of the Mind thinks insurrections ought to happen only in the mind.

Former Chief Justice Earl Warren on the eve of his eightieth birthday, in 1971

How did “one person, one vote” become the rule for statehouses across the country?

American Expeditionary Forces secret ink lab

The secret history of invisible ink.

Orpheus (2008), by Trevor Winkfield

Trevor Winkfield is a connoisseur of the original, spare and strange.

Nadifa Mohamed

Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchard of Lost Souls is a haunting and powerful novel.

Paul de Man (left), Renée Weiss and Ted Weiss, 1949 at Bard College

How the literary critic Paul de Man turned evasiveness into authority.

Molly Antopol

The short stories in The UnAmericans are studies of effusive remoteness and meandering revolution.

Richard Powers

Dave Eggers’s The Circle; Richard Powers’s Orfeo