The complexities and conundrums of reading Philip Roth’s work as autobiography
HBO’s Game of Thrones, based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, represents a triumph of storytelling.
How nightlife changed Western culture, plus why New Zealand is better than the U.S.
How brand-management theory persuaded a college star to put off the NBA
The new science of fielding
The story behind Christopher Hitchens’s March 2012 essay
Two books uncover the romance and adventure of archaeology.
The charming, sinister G. K. Chesterton
How Goosebumps outlasted Harry Potter by terrifying fourth-graders and mocking their parents
A library bets on future literary stars.
A poem hailing the demise of slavery’s “cruel reign”
How R.E.M.’s almost-utterances allowed listeners to find their own meaning
Thirty years after he saved Chicago, the fabled Bears coach is everywhere—and nowhere.
The nicest star in Hollywood, plus the man who made what Americans looked at
The writer’s work is a triumph—and a disaster.
The classic 1960 poem pays tribute to the glory of the Civil War era.
The magazine’s first editor gives poetic voice to the nation’s grief.
A poem commemorating a mighty Union ship done in by the Virginia, a rebel “ironclad”
The classic poem mythologizing an old woman who flew her Union flag as the rebels marched past
A poem in praise of soldiers who gave up their lives for the Union