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Casey Cep
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Casey Cep is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee.” She is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
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BooksNovember 8, 2021 Issue
Anne Carson’s Obsession with Herakles
In “H of H Playbook,” the poet considers war, guilt, and the mythological strongman.
By Casey CepNovember 1, 2021
On Religion
What American Christians Hear at Church
Drawing on newly ubiquitous online services, Pew has tried to catalogue the subject matter of contemporary sermons.
By Casey CepOctober 7, 2021
Under Review
Coins, the Overlooked Keys to History
A delightful new book argues that numismatics—the study of coins—is the “beautiful science of civilizations.”
By Casey CepJuly 28, 2021
Page-Turner
Edward Gorey’s Toys
The brilliantly macabre writer and illustrator also made his own stuffed dolls, which have a stylishness and craftsmanship in keeping with all his art.
By Casey CepJuly 12, 2021
Second Read
Noticing the Mothers of the Old Testament
As the novelist Marilynne Robinson says, Biblical history so often depends on the birth of a baby.
By Casey CepJuly 7, 2021
BooksMay 31, 2021 Issue
Why Did So Many Victorians Try to Speak with the Dead?
Many explanations have been offered for Spiritualism, but the movement was more than a fad.
By Casey CepMay 24, 2021
Under Review
What We Can and Can’t Learn from a New Translation of the Gospels
Sarah Ruden aims to return familiar texts to the fresh clay from which they were made.
By Casey CepApril 28, 2021
U.S. Journal
A Kansas Bookshop’s Fight with Amazon Is About More Than the Price of Books
The owner of the Raven bookstore, in Lawrence, wants to tell you about all the ways that the e-commerce giant is hurting American downtowns.
By Casey CepMarch 12, 2021
BooksMarch 8, 2021 Issue
When the Barbizon Gave Women Rooms of Their Own
The story of New York City’s most famous women-only hotel is also a story of class and sexual politics in the twentieth century.
By Casey CepMarch 1, 2021
BooksFebruary 1, 2021 Issue
The Blackwell Sisters and the Harrowing History of Modern Medicine
A new biography of the pioneering doctors shows why “first” can be a tricky designation.
By Casey CepJanuary 25, 2021
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