September 20, 2021 Issue
How the Real Jane Roe Shaped the Abortion Wars
The all-too-human plaintiff of Roe v. Wade captured the messy contradictions hidden by a polarizing debate.
By Margaret TalbotSeptember 13, 2021
September 20, 2021 Issue
Briefly Noted
“Matrix,” “Damnation Spring,” “Love Lockdown,” and “Freedomville.”
September 13, 2021
September 13, 2021 Issue
A Cautionary Tale About Science Raises Uncomfortable Questions About Fiction
Benjamín Labatut’s Sebaldian “When We Cease to Understand the World” grapples with science’s moral quandaries, but what is real and what is imagined?
By Ruth FranklinSeptember 6, 2021
September 13, 2021 Issue
Did Making the Rules of War Better Make the World Worse?
Why efforts to curb the cruelty of military force may have backfired.
By Dexter FilkinsSeptember 6, 2021
September 13, 2021 Issue
Briefly Noted
“The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois,” “Radiant Fugitives,” “Bolla,” and “Somebody Else Sold the World.”
September 6, 2021
August 30, 2021 Issue
Is the Digital Age Costing Us Our Ability to Wander?
In a newly translated novel, “To Walk Alone in the Crowd,” the fate of the flâneur is at risk.
By Alejandro ChacoffAugust 23, 2021
August 30, 2021 Issue
Simone de Beauvoir’s Lost Novel of Early Love
Her passion for a doomed friend was so strong that Beauvoir wrote about it again and again.
By Merve EmreAugust 23, 2021
August 30, 2021 Issue
Briefly Noted
“The Minister Primarily,” “I Couldn’t Love You More,” “In the Forest of No Joy,” and “Pure Flame.”
August 23, 2021
August 30, 2021 Issue
America Was Eager for Chinese Immigrants. What Happened?
In the gold-rush era, ceremonial greetings swiftly gave way to bigotry and violence.
By Michael LuoAugust 23, 2021
August 23, 2021 Issue
The Two Sides of Ha Jin
His early stories of China deployed unsparing brutality, but his latest novel shows his affinity for stoicism, irony, and modesty.
By Joan AcocellaAugust 16, 2021
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