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The Blackwell Sisters and the Harrowing History of 2021-01-25 06:00:00A new biography of the pioneering doctors shows why “first” can be a tricky designation.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews 2021-01-25 06:00:00“The Liar’s Dictionary,” “Outlawed,” “Aftershocks,” and “Café Europa Revisited”

What Are the Cultural Revolution’s Lessons for Our 2021-01-25 06:00:00The great question of China’s Maoist experiment now looms over the United States: Why did a powerful society suddenly start destroying itself?

How to Make Sense of Scents 2021-01-25 06:00:00Can language ever capture the mysterious world of smells?

Lauren Groff on the Aftershocks of Violence 2021-01-25 06:00:00The author discusses “The Wind,” her story from this week’s issue of the magazine.

Sunday Reading: A Sense of Place 2021-01-24 06:00:00From The New Yorker’s archive: stories about how the concept of home has shifted over time.

“Kink” Confronts the Challenge of Turning Sex Into 2021-01-23 06:00:00In this ambitious anthology, short stories sit at various intersections of smolder and technical accomplishment.

What Happens When You Breathe 2021-01-18 06:00:00Our lungs sustain a delicate equilibrium in our bodies, while exposing us to a world that seems increasingly out of balance.

Can We See Past the Myth of the 2021-01-18 06:00:00The history of the high-altitude landscape is more complicated, and more turbulent, than adventure tales can capture.

Have We Already Been Visited by Aliens? 2021-01-18 06:00:00An eminent astrophysicist argues that signs of intelligent extraterrestrial life have appeared in our skies. What’s the evidence

Allegra Goodman on the Parents of Teens 2021-01-18 06:00:00The author discusses “A Challenge You Have Overcome,” her story from this week’s issue of the magazine.

A Black Lives Matter Founder on Building Modern 2021-01-18 06:00:00In a new book, Alicia Garza writes, “We can’t be afraid to establish a base that is larger than the people we feel comfortable with.&rdquo

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‘Concrete Rose’ is another winner from ‘The Hate 2021-01-12 18:52:12Maverick Carter must navigate the ups and downs of teen fatherhood and family responsibility in this prequel to Angie Thomas’ bestselling debut.

‘Long Time Coming’ excavates the origins of modern-day 2021-01-12 18:38:48Michael Eric Dyson unfolds history to explain how the structures of slavery were transmuted into contemporary institutions and practices.

Essential shapes: sculpture from the ancient to the 2021-01-12 18:20:51A sculptor and an art critic celebrate human imagination across eras and continents as expressed through the art of sculpture.

Q&A with Danielle Evans, author of ‘The Office 2021-01-12 17:59:51“In my stories, I explore that space between what we think and what we say out loud, between what we actually want and how we behave,” say

Dutch explorers courted disaster in efforts to find 2021-01-08 16:53:32“Icebound” tells the story of 16th-century navigator William Barents, whose crews tested the limits of human endurance, not once but three

Surf, swim, sing: Finding joy in lifelong learning 2021-01-06 08:49:56After seeing his young daughter learn to play chess, travel writer Tom Vanderbilt wondered “Why not me?” So he did – and then learne

‘Better Luck Next Time’ calls to mind screwball 2021-01-05 08:00:00The novel entertainingly captures the zany misadventures of two women on a dude ranch in Reno, Nevada, where wealthy wives await their divorces.

Q&A with William G. Thomas III, author of 2021-01-04 09:12:28In the United States, enslaved people and their families used court systems to fight for their freedom. Here's a look at some notable examples.

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The Imperfect and Sublime ‘Gatsby’ 2021-01-21 07:53:32I’m a late bloomer. So I can’t help but admire the blue flame of prodigy. It took me eleven years to publish my first novel. A debut at ag

Rain 2021-01-21 07:00:25Maybe the trees won’t impress someonelooking for June or a new lover.There are people ahead carrying flowers,unaware of our many mistakes.Let me

‘My Eyes Are Infamously Greedy’ 2021-01-21 07:00:00Tokyo in the 1960s—shadowy, dazzling, and flooded with life—was photographed without rest. A profusion of Japanese optical companies, many

Life in a Glass House 2021-01-21 07:00:001. Conventional wisdom holds that the most enticing way to introduce architecture to a lay audience is through the human element that animates this mo

‘A Very Lonely Business’ 2021-01-21 07:00:00Whenever I pick up a new book by a woman I check the author biography on the back flap to see whether she has children. I’m not entirely sure wh

A Taste for the Difficult 2021-01-21 07:00:00Charles Rosen’s first review in these pages appeared just over fifty years ago, in the February 26, 1970, issue, and it was an absolute stinker.

Inheriting Hunger 2021-01-21 07:00:00In the late 1860s Émile Zola decided he wanted to write something on a scale equal to his colossal ambition. He had already published a few nov

A Sickness in the Air 2021-01-21 07:00:00“Are you actually a woman?” the magazine editor Chloe Schama asked Rumaan Alam a few years ago during an interview for Vogue. Her joke ref

Chemical Warfare’s Home Front 2021-01-21 07:00:00What is often called “the first use of weapons of mass destruction” took place on April 22, 1915, near the town of Ypres, in western Belgi

To Err Is Poetic 2021-01-21 07:00:00Everybody makes mistakes; only some of them become canonical. John Keats’s “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” is one of t

Medicine Is Made for Men 2021-01-21 07:00:00On September 24, 2010, Michelle Pfleger, a champion equestrian, former varsity cheerleader, and freshman at Elon University in North Carolina collapse

Chronicle of a Death Ignored 2021-01-21 07:00:00There are no true stories; there are only facts, and the stories we tell ourselves about those facts. —We Keep the Dead Close Mystery, like unre

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Maurice Chammah Charts The History Of The Death 2021-01-23 07:53:26NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Maurice Chammah, staff writer for the Marshall Project and author of a new book, Let the Lord Sort Them: The Rise and Fal

Biography Traces Political Mistakes And Personal Scars That 2021-01-22 13:51:47Evan Osnos talks about Joe Biden's enduring quest to become president. He says Biden has a different mindset today than he once had: "He's a man wh

As 19th Century Females, Sisters In 'The Doctors 2021-01-21 14:58:00Historian Janice P. Nimura tells the story of America's first and third certified women doctors and the role these sisters played in building medical

After Inaugural Performance, Poet Amanda Gorman Tops The 2021-01-21 12:48:14Gorman's debut poetry collection and an illustrated kids' book are first and second on the list — on the strength of pre-orders, since both ti

Just Move: Scientist Author Debunks Myths About Exercise 2021-01-21 12:39:00Paleoanthropologist Daniel Lieberman says the concept of "getting exercise" is relatively new. His new book, Exercised, examines why we run, lift an

A Different Day: A 2021 Poetry Preview, Part 2021-01-21 10:00:24Poetry helps us express feelings that don't fit neatly into sentences; confusion and fear but also hope and joy. Here's the second installment of ou

In 'Remote Control,' Drones Fly Over The Yam 2021-01-20 10:00:24Nnedi Okorafor's multi-faceted new novella follows a young girl in a near-future version of Ghana who becomes the Adopted Daughter of Death — b

'White Freedom' Examines The Tandem Development Of The 2021-01-20 09:34:00Tyler Stovall writes white freedom is "the belief (and practice) that freedom is central to white racial identity, and that only white people can or

Historian Tyler Stovall Discusses His New Book: 'White 2021-01-20 05:04:00NPR's Noel King talks to Tyler Stovall about his book: White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea. It traces the complex relationship between freed

'Doctors Blackwell' Tells The Story Of 2 Pioneering 2021-01-19 14:28:00Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in America to earn her medical degree. Her sister Emily followed in her footsteps. Janice Nimura tells the sto

The 'Racial Caste System' At The U.S. Capitol 2021-01-19 11:35:32After the Capitol was cleared of insurrectionists on January 6, there was work to be done — and it wasn't lost on many that cleaning up the mes

The 'Uncollected Stories' Show Allan Gurganus At His 2021-01-19 07:00:00This is Gurganus's first book since 2013, and it's worth the wait. These stories are funny, compassionate, and marked by the author's amazing abili