The Other Tolstoy and the Book of NightSofiya Tolstoy’s long-lost novella tells us more about love and sex than her husband ever could.
“The Insane Root That Takes the Reason Prisoner”Macbeth, Boston, and the two paradoxes of evil.
George McGovern Was a WinnerHis 1972 campaign was the most lopsided loss in presidential history. But this man was no loser.
Does Love Survive Loss?Auden and Larkin each wrote powerful lines about love—and then had grave doubts about them. Why?
Six Questions About the Nuclear Crisis in the Middle EastThe emotional factors, and the scientific ones.
Catchphrase ExecutionerBad sex jargon, horrible “occupy” jokes, and other terrible things we said this year.
“Secrets of the Little Blue Box”The 1971 article about phone hacking that inspired Steve Jobs.
Salinger, the Swamis, and the SecretsNew letters shed light on J.D. Salinger’s spiritual life—and reinforce the need for his estate to come clean about what, if any, works remain locked in the vault.
How Obama Could Reduce the Risk of Nuclear War Right NowMinuteman missiles in remote silos are a thermonuclear accident waiting to happen.
Is the Republican Party Racist?It depends on race-baiting tactics and the votes of former Confederate states.
Has the Meaning of Nothing Changed?In his quest to understand the origins of the universe, Jim Holt stands up for the big 0.
A Challenge to Robert RedfordWill his new documentary explain whether Nixon ordered the Watergate break-in?
Why Did It Take More Than a Year to Charge the Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald? A former prosecutor, now running to be Cook County state’s attorney, decries Chicago’s crawl to justice.
Tale of the Tape My family wants to screen an old home movie of them being horrible to me at Christmas.
How Does the Head of HR Work? Read what L.V. Anderson asked Kevin Fanning about his experience in human resources departments—from startup companies to more hierarchical environments.
Did Benjamin Franklin Really Say the National Symbol Should Be the Turkey? You have got to see his original design.
How Much Did the Pentagon Pay Your Favorite Sports Team for Its Patriotism? Find Out With This Chart.