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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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New York’s Finest? 2020-11-12 14:53:19As 2020’s chaotic presidential election was called last weekend, New York City erupted in a cacophony of joy at Donald Trump’s defeat. Ame

Criminalizing a Constitutional Right 2020-11-12 07:00:00National discussions of abortion—of any services that might end a pregnancy, make contraception available, or provide other means of regulating

The Devil Had Nothing to Do With It 2020-11-12 07:00:00There’s an old blues metaphor. You know, Robert Johnson found his sound at the crossroad when he made a deal with the devil. It seems to me that

The Sense of an Ending 2020-11-12 07:00:00The Silence is full of voices, a work of talky minimalism whose characters are all troubled by the absence of sound. Five of them, three men and two w

They Were Hungarians 2020-11-12 07:00:00To the Editors: Diarmaid MacCulloch’s review of John Anthony McGuckin’s history of the Eastern Orthodox Church [“The Vitality of Ort

The Dream of Pure Expression 2020-11-12 07:00:00Although I have not visited the graveyard in the French town of Sète that is the subject of Paul Valéry’s extraordinary poem &ldqu

Life, Death, and the Levys 2020-11-12 07:00:00Salonica, the historic city on the Aegean Sea (now called Thessaloniki), was at the turn of the twentieth century probably as close to paradise as a E

Cartographers of Stone and Air 2020-11-12 07:00:00The English writer and cartographer Tim Robinson, who died from Covid-19 in April at the age of eighty-five, dedicated more than forty years of his li

The Sirens 2020-11-12 07:00:00First Saturday of the month and unlike the Greeks,sometime ancient cynics of beautyand warning, these sirens at least test the level of dog agony in t

An Undisappearing Act 2020-11-12 07:00:00There were three people at the funeral of Mary Ellen Meredith when she died at the age of forty, in 1861: two women servants and an acquaintance of he

A Proper Burial 2020-11-12 07:00:00To the Editors: In his review of Megan Rosenbloom’s Dark Archives [NYR, November 5], Mike Jay quotes me and summarizes my opinion about a book a

In the Soup 2020-11-12 07:00:00Each human culture has its own origin myths. The Telefol, a mountain people of New Guinea, relate that in the beginning there was a mother called Afek


Simon Han Explores The Immigrant Experience In His 2020-11-21 07:56:26Simon Han's debut novel is set in the Texas suburbs he grew up in. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Han about his book chronicling the immigrant experien

'These Violent Delights' Transports Romeo And Juliet To 2020-11-21 07:00:28Chloe Gong's new novel has some of the important aspects of Shakespeare's famous tragedy — but more than anything else, it's a rich portrait

'To Be A Man': Book Of Stories Filled 2020-11-20 15:58:00NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Nicole Krauss about her new book of short stories, To Be A Man.

The CIA's Secret Quest For Mind Control: Torture, 2020-11-20 13:45:29Journalist Stephen Kinzer reveals how the CIA worked in the 1950s and early '60s to develop mind control drugs and deadly toxins that could be used a

'Oak Flat' Tells The Story Of An Apache 2020-11-20 10:15:00Artist and writer Lauren Redniss mixes art, design, and rigorous research with a prose style that is at once assertive, journalistic and poetic to cre

Paris' Iconic Shakespeare And Company Bookstore In Trouble 2020-11-20 05:04:00Famous English-language Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Company has lost nearly 80% of its revenue since the first pandemic shutdown in France. The ow

U.S. Marine Veteran Discusses His New Memoir And 2020-11-20 05:04:00NPR's Noel King speaks with Frank "Gus" Biggio about his memoir, The Wolves of Helmand: A View from Inside the Den of Modern War.

'Shuggie Bain,' Douglas Stuart's First Novel, Wins 2020 2020-11-19 15:39:09Shuggie Bain is "a moving, immersive and nuanced portrait of a tight-knit social world, its people and its values," the judges wrote. Stuart based t

Democracy Is 'Strained' But Not 'Broken,' Former President 2020-11-19 10:00:23In his first interview with Terry Gross, Obama talks about what he misses most about being president and reflects on the turmoil of the Trump White Ho

2020's National Book Awards Strive For Inclusivity 2020-11-18 23:46:00This year's National Book Awards — announced in a first-ever virtual streaming ceremony — went mostly to writers of color, as the foundat

'Alex Rider' Novelist On The Joys Of Reading 2020-11-18 13:45:47Anthony Horowitz's novels about a reluctant teen spy have been adapted into a TV series for IMDB TV. Horowitz is also the author of Moonflower Murder

Author Says The Chicago 7 Trial Reflected 'All 2020-11-18 13:45:47The Chicago 7 were activists who were charged with conspiring to start a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Jon Wiener's 2006 book, rec

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