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How New York Was Named 2021-04-13 15:46:28For centuries, settlers pushed Natives off the land. But they continued to use indigenous language to name, describe, and anoint the world around them

A Family at Odds Reveals a Nation in 2021-04-12 06:00:00Damon Galgut’s novel “The Promise” explores the betrayals of South Africa through a perfectly pitched domestic drama.

Tabula Rasa: Volume Two, by John McPhee 2021-04-12 06:00:00Personal History by John McPhee: A project meant not to end.

In Thomas Grattan’s Début Novel, Historical Fiction Gets 2021-04-12 06:00:00Set in the wake of Germany’s reunification, “The Recent East” follows a country coming together and a teen-ager coming out.

Jonas Eika on Hope and Defiance 2021-04-12 06:00:00The author discusses “Alvin,” his story from the latest issue of the magazine.

The Repressive Politics of Emotional Intelligence 2021-04-12 06:00:00Daniel Goleman’s pop-psychology blockbuster, now twenty-five years old, turned self-control into a corporate management tool.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2021-04-12 06:00:00“Horizontal Vertigo,” “Halfway Home,” “The Seed Keeper,” and “Abundance.”

Sunday Reading: The Asian-American Experience 2021-04-11 06:00:00From the magazine’s archive: pieces about being Asian-American and the ongoing wave of anti-Asian violence.

The Wedding of Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth, 2021-04-09 18:54:30A report from 1947 brims with details that didn’t make it into “The Crown.”

Why We Mourn Girlhood 2021-04-07 06:00:00For many women, growing up involves a transformation from subject to object. In her new book, Melissa Febos asks whether we can reverse the process.

“Bear” Is About Much More Than Having Sex 2021-04-05 12:00:00Marian Engel’s classic novel, first published in 1976, is slim, elegant, and inexhaustible.

The Making of “Midnight Cowboy,” and the Remaking 2021-04-05 06:00:00The 1969 film has become famous for being ahead of its time, but it may be most revealing as an artifact of its time—a turning point in the hist

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Extinction isn’t inevitable. ‘Beloved Beasts’ explains why. 2021-04-13 18:30:00Past efforts to prevent extinction took a species-by-species approach. But now a more comprehensive plan is needed that looks at interconnections.

How is a sonnet like the suburbs? Both 2021-04-13 10:50:00Craig Morgan Teicher, author of “Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey,” challenges himself to narrow the frame so even small events become h

Raptor rapture: A Q&A with Jonathan Meiburg 2021-04-06 18:31:17A raptor in the Falkland Islands, the striated caracara, was a mystery to Charles Darwin. Jonathan Meiburg talks about solving the puzzle.

‘First Person Singular’ delves into lost love and 2021-04-06 18:11:04Japanese writer Haruki Murakami offers a collection of imaginative short stories with skewed elements that his many fans are sure to applaud.

Harpies, sirens, and other ‘nasty’ women: Going beneath 2021-04-05 18:09:56Mythology is rife with female monsters. Essayist Jess Zimmerman sees their stories not as cautionary tales, but as inspiration for powerful women.

Marriages of long standing are tested in quiet, 2021-04-05 17:07:01Long-time couples and old friendships come under scrutiny in Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s highly anticipated second novel.

Beyond Jackie Robinson: The unsung heroes of the 2021-04-05 15:20:00Jackie Robinson may have been the first Black player in the majors, but others soon followed – an exodus that spelled the end of the Negro Leagu

‘Libertie’ imagines the whole of a Black girl’s 2021-04-01 17:08:01“Libertie,” a novel about a Black girl growing up in 19th-century New York, rings with historical truth.

Shakespeare’s plays meet plagiarism-detection software 2021-03-31 18:16:00The Shakespeare canon undergoes scrutiny, turning up links to Thomas North. But ‘plagiarism’ was more the rule than the exception for Eliz

Crafts and social movements went hand-in-hand in American 2021-03-31 17:04:32Author Glenn Adamson points out that the artisan’s workshop has long served as a shared space where people gathered with a common goal.

Q&A with with Hanif Abdurraqib, author of ‘A 2021-03-31 12:19:39Black Americans have shaped the pop culture landscape, which poet and critic Hanif Abdurraqib says can be traced back to Black innovation.

Machines that learn: The origin story of artificial 2021-03-23 11:40:48AI may have had a slow start, but companies like Google and Facebook are pursuing it like a modern-day gold rush.

The New York Review of Books

Return of the Nameless Man 2021-04-22 09:00:00“I am a spy, a sleeper, a spook, a man of two faces,” says the narrator of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s 2015 novel, The Sympathizer, by way o

Kubrick’s Human Comedy 2021-04-22 09:00:00Paul Mazursky, to whom Stanley Kubrick gave his first substantial role in Kubrick’s own first feature film, Fear and Desire (1953), recalls thei

Ancient Egypt for the Egyptians 2021-04-22 09:00:00The Egyptian Museum in Cairo moved into its peach-colored, arcaded neoclassical building in 1902. Its collections include the five-thousand-year-old P

When Slaves Fled to Mexico 2021-04-22 09:00:00There has long been a fascination with the plight of enslaved Blacks who ran away from southern slaveholders in the decades before the Civil War. Powe

See More, Think More 2021-04-22 09:00:00Objectivity is a conundrum. At least it is in the humanities. Different people define it differently, and what one person claims is an objective opini

Light in the Palazzo 2021-04-22 09:00:00In 1968 the Roman aristocrat Alessandro Torlonia, Prince of Fucino, applied for a permit to repair the roof of his family’s private museum, a ni

Children’s Lib! 2021-04-22 09:00:00In 1963 thirty-four-year-old Louise Fitzhugh was fresh off a successful exhibition of her paintings and drawings at an Upper East Side gallery when sh

Why Did They Vanish? 2021-04-22 09:00:00If you visit an even moderately old museum display on human evolution, or open anything but the latest textbooks on the subject, you’ll encounte

‘I’ve Lost Everything to the Beast’ 2021-04-22 09:00:00Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13, is a Salvadoran street gang, but it was born in the US about forty years ago. Salvadorans had been coming to

‘And You Give Yourself Away’ 2021-04-22 09:00:00Arthur O’Leary was the scion of a high-born Irish Catholic family in County Cork who, in 1773, ran into trouble with a local English magistrate,

The Writer Apart 2021-04-22 09:00:00I want to say everything—that is the purpose of this book. —Thomas Mann,Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man On August 4, 1914, German troops

Planning an Aryan Paradise 2021-04-22 09:00:001. So horrendous were the manifold atrocities perpetrated by Adolf Hitler and his followers that decades passed before scholars began to address the N