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Autobiography and Memoir
September 9, 2016
Affliction and Salvation
Love was a learned art for Iris Murdoch, because it involved realizing that something other than the self is real.
August 4, 2016
An Hour Without Trump
Susan Faludi on her trans father, Edward Snowden’s lawyer on the NSA, and Tom Lutz on politics and travel.
Start Making Sense
August 3, 2016
Georges Perec’s books are designed to stir readers to think actively, freshly, and imaginatively about what could have been, and what might come next.
July 6, 2016
Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices
At a time when populism is in vogue, the Nobel Laureate has gone in the opposite direction. We need to read her and listen to the people she hears.
June 24, 2016
The Depressing Truth About How Sexism Changes Us
, Jessica Valenti asks “Who would I be if I didn’t live in a world that hated women?”
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June 1, 2016
Michael Hayden Played Right Up to the Edge of Legality—and Then Took a Big Leap Off
In his new memoir, the former director of the NSA and the CIA shows how his many failures were followed, one after the next, by promotions.
May 19, 2016
Benedict Anderson’s View of Nationalism
The child of late empire, who transformed the field of area studies, lived a life beyond boundaries.
May 18, 2016
The Annie Dillard Show
In felicitous language, she enables us to see the world afresh. But there is always a distance, a sense of performance.
April 7, 2016
Hopes of Coexistence in Syria
Does Samar Yazbek’s diary of the Syrian civil war merely represent the dreams of an exile?
March 6, 2016
Nancy Reagan and the Problem of the Two Nancys
There were two Nancy Davises in Hollywood in the early ’50s. One ended up in the White House—the other one ended up flipping burgers in a snack bar.