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Sunday Reading: On the Precipice 2020-01-12 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive, pieces by Richard Rhodes, Eric Schlosser, Louis Menand, Robin Wright, Isaac Chotiner, and Dexter Filkins that con

“The Crying Book” Reveals How Tears Can Help 2020-01-08 16:01:55Katy Waldman reviews “The Crying Book,” by the poet Heather Christle, which examines the science, sociology, and history of weeping.

Douglas Stuart Reads “Found Wanting” 2020-01-07 06:00:00On the Writer’s Voice podcast, Deborah Treisman hosts the author Douglas Stuart, who reads his short story “Found Wanting,” from the

Douglas Stuart on Growing Up Queer Before the 2020-01-06 06:00:00The author Douglas Stuart discusses “Found Wanting,” his story from the January 13, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2020-01-06 06:00:00“Zed,” “Return to the Enchanted Island,” “Music: A Subversive History,” and “Supreme Ambition.”

“Found Wanting,” by Douglas Stuart 2020-01-06 06:00:00Fiction by Douglas Stuart: “He reached behind my left ear and caressed my earlobe, as though he were tucking my hair behind it. I was rigid with

Tommy Pico Filibusters Mortality with Poetry 2020-01-06 06:00:00“Feed” is personal history, literary history, American history, and breakup art, Dan Chiasson writes.

Sunday Reading: Writers’ Journals 2020-01-05 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive, excerpts from the diaries and journals of the writers Mavis Gallant, Flannery O’Connor, John Cheever, and R

An Instant Classic About Learning Ancient Greek 2020-01-02 06:00:00Mary Norris writes about “La Lingua Geniale,” a book on classical Greek by the Italian journalist Andrea Marcolongo, which was recently tr

Andrea Lee Reads “Barn Burning,” by Haruki Murakami 2020-01-01 06:00:00Andrea Lee joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Barn Burning,” by Haruki Murakami, from a 1992 issue of the magazine.

Jamil Jan Kochai Reads “Playing Metal Gear Solid 2019-12-31 06:00:00On the Writer’s Voice podcast, Deborah Treisman hosts the author Jamil Jan Kochai, who reads his short story “Playing Metal Gear Solid V:

Jamil Jan Kochai on the Intimate Alienation of 2019-12-30 06:00:00The author Jamil Jan Kochai discusses “Playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain,” his story from the January 6, 2020, issue of The New

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The Middle East: Trump Blunders In 2020-01-17 08:30:42As the United States under Trump lurches between withdrawal of its troops from Iraq and Syria and sending more, between reasonable restraint in its us

Do the Democrats Have a Foreign Policy? 2020-01-17 04:00:58A paradox of American presidential elections—especially during the primaries—is that unless a war is looming or underway, voters pay littl

Why Macron Refuses to Retire in France’s Pensions 2020-01-17 02:00:47Macron’s overhaul of pensions is a response to what the French conservative right has wanted to accomplish for two decades, without success. De

Love in Plague Time 2020-01-16 09:00:47It is 1348. Berna has stolen a book from her father’s library, and now she is getting the gardener to cut her a rose from the grounds of their m

Australia: The Fires and Our Future 2020-01-16 05:52:17Australia is no stranger to bushfire. In 1994, in Sydney, I lost a house to one, and in 2002, just north of Sydney, I fought off another. But I’

William Barr: The Carl Schmitt of Our Time 2020-01-15 02:00:47For Carl Schmitt, laws and constitutions didn’t arise from moral principles. At their basis, there was always a sovereign authority, a decision-

How China Threatens Human Rights Worldwide 2020-01-14 10:00:08The Chinese government is not the only threat to human rights today, but it stands out for its reach and influence. The cause of human rights today fa

The Center Blows Itself Up: Care and Spite 2020-01-13 10:10:12The simultaneous embrace of markets, and of rules and regulations, represents the soul of what’s sometimes called “centrism.” It&rsq

‘A Doubtful Freedom’ 2020-01-12 17:00:47That the United States has been a “nation” since its founding—struggling through slavery, civil conflict, labor strife, economic dep

‘Three Christs,’ Schizophrenia & Us 2020-01-12 02:00:48Arguably, there is no Other, in all contemporary film and literature, that is as firmly lodged in the category of Outsider as the contemporary schizop

‘That Single Fleeting Moment’: Merce Cunningham in Images 2020-01-11 02:00:32Merce Cunningham: Redux, James Klosty’s exceptional collection of over 270 photographs of Cunningham, as well as of the dancers, composers, and

A Lark in West Indian London 2020-01-10 02:00:06That plot, roughly, involves the “lark” or quixotic idea of buying a home together. Each of the novel’s main characters has encounte

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'Just Mercy' Attorney Asks U.S. To Reckon With 2020-01-20 09:00:20Stevenson built a museum and monument in Alabama dedicated to slavery and its legacy. "We need to create institutions in this country that motivate m

'The Majesties' Is Disturbing, Yet Shockingly Enjoyable 2020-01-20 07:00:21Tiffany Tsao's novel explores the dark secrets of the wealthy Chinese-Indonesian Sulinado family, who fall victim to one of their own when daughter E

Scott Simon Draws The Mystery Of 'Sunnyside Plaza' 2020-01-20 05:02:00When NPR host Scott Simon was in his teens, he took a job in an assisted living facility in Chicago. "It really opened my eyes into seeing the world

Isabel Allende On 'A Long Petal Of The 2020-01-19 08:02:00NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Isabel Allende about her latest book, a sweeping historical novel titled A Long Petal of the Sea.

'Cleanness' Revisits Familiar Ground, Beautifully 2020-01-19 07:00:23Garth Greenwell's new story collection — like his previous novel — follows young, gay American men teaching English in Bulgaria. It's pa

Javier Cercas On 'Lord Of All The Dead' 2020-01-18 07:55:00Javier Cercas talks to NPR's Scott Simon about his book about his great uncle who fought and died for Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.

ESPN's Howard Bryant On 'Full Dissidence' 2020-01-18 07:55:00NPR's Scott Simon speaks to ESPN senior writer — and regular Weekend Edition contributor — Howard Bryant about his new book, Full Disside

'Little Gods' Reminds Us Some Questions Are Better 2020-01-18 07:00:30Meng Jin's new novel shows us a complex woman through the eyes of her husband, her daughter, and her daughter's nanny — all of whom see differ

3 Years In, 'A Very Stable Genius' Authors 2020-01-17 17:35:00Reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker tell NPR they wanted to make sense of the rapid churn of Trump-era news. In a new book, they emerge with a p

'Why Religion?' Asks 'How Hearts Can Heal' After 2020-01-17 13:20:00Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. She spoke to Fresh Air in November

Christopher Tolkien, 'Middle-earth's First Scholar,' Dies At 95 2020-01-16 18:07:56J.R.R. Tolkien's son was instrumental in cultivating his father's legacy, shepherding unpublished works to readers and helping extend the world of T

'Kingdomtide' And 'Dear Edward': 2 New Novels Take 2020-01-16 07:00:10If the chances of dying in a plane crash are slim, being the sole survivor is even less likely — but that's the premise for two new novels, Ann