The poet reads her poem aloud

Bone Fires

The poet reads his poem aloud

Music and Lyrics

Kent Nelson, author of the short story “Alba” in the 2009 Fiction Issue, explains how the 1960s folk scene and the poetic language of James Joyce inspired him to become a writer.

Carburetors and Character Sketches

Wayne Harrison, author of the short story “Least Resistance” in the 2009 Fiction Issue, recalls his former life as a mechanic and his transformation into a writer.

Husband on the Home Front

Alexi Zentner, author of the short story “Furlough” in the 2009 Fiction Issue, discusses the new military family and the fine line between emotion and sentimentality.

I Dreamed of Africa

Téa Obreht, author of the short story “The Laugh” in the 2009 Fiction Issue, describes how National Geographic shaped her writing career.

Coming Out the Other Side

Jill McCorkle, author of the short story "PS" in the 2009 Fiction Issue, talks about happy endings, her irritation with Moby Dick, and her imaginary life as a therapist.

California Dreamers

The latest volume of Kevin Starr’s history chronicles the triumph—and points toward the tragedy—of the Golden State’s Good Life

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Lincoln’s Emancipation

The cruelty and degeneracy the future president was subjected to in his youth forged his iron will

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

The author is ending her marriage. Isn’t it time you did the same?

Sex and the Single Wizard

The peculiar challenge of adapting Harry Potter for the screen

Pitchers’ Duel

Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling, and Hall of Fame standards in the steroid era




Red, White, and Blue


Harry Potter and the Slouching Adolescents

James Parker considers the incoherent enchantments of a scene from The Goblet of Fire

Touched by Evil

The real spiritual drama in Flannery O’Connor’s fiction was even darker than the one she acknowledged.

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Hemingway's Libidinous Feast

In a restored edition of a great classic, sexual anxiety looms large.

From Russia, With Self-Loathing

Meet Agniya Kuznetsova, the It Girl for a poorer, darker, angrier Russia.

SpongeBob's Golden Dream

The mysterious allure of the fry cook from Bikini Bottom



Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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