Joseph Frankel
Joseph Frankel
Joseph Frankel is a former editorial fellow at The Atlantic.
  • Alex Remnick / The Star-Ledger via AP

    More and More States Are Outlawing Gay-Conversion Therapy

    Rhode Island is poised to be the fourth state in 2017 to ban the damaging practice.

  • Sarah Jung

    Psychics Who Hear Voices Could Be On to Something

    The ways some “healthy voice hearers” cope might be able to help people with psychotic disorders.

  • Denis Farrell / AP

    Will Trump’s Expanded Policy Against Abortion Harm HIV/AIDS Relief?

    The administration’s contentious new order risks dealing a blow to one of America’s most successful global-health campaigns.

  • Coming to Terms With Loss in Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘One Art’

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    “One Art” is the only poem I’ve ever lost. My high-school English teacher gave me a wallet-sized copy that I misplaced, along with the wallet, the next year. The wallet I replaced, twice; the poem I did not. Still, a year walking around with it in my pocket was enough to learn the opening lines:

    The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
    so many things seem filled with the intent
    to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

    But the poem is only about the loss of commonplace items on its surface. As the poem implies, Bishop’s life was full of losses of all sizes: “my mother’s watch,” “three loved houses,” “a continent.” And though matching art to autobiography can often miss the point, here it illuminates. As she wrote “One Art,” writes Megan Marshall, Bishop stripped draft after draft of references to a pair of “blue eyes” belonging to her lover Alice Methfessel, whose rejection—along with the suicide of Bishop’s previous partner, Lota de Macendo Soares—is believed to have inspired the poem. Meanwhile, the poem’s recurring first line “The art of losing isn’t hard to master,” remained the same in all 17 drafts. (This all might sound a bit depressing, but Methfessel and Bishop would later get back together.)

    Still, there’s much more to see here beyond coded insights into Bishop’s life (you can read our latest issue for that).

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    Trump Is Driving Some American Jews to Reclaim Citizenship in Europe

    Descendants of those who fled Germany decades ago consider heading back.

  • Katie Martin / Emily Jan / The Atlantic

    Protein Powder and the Promise of Transformation

    18-30 grams of protein and a lot of internalized ideas about masculinity per serving

  • Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

    Trump Seems to Support Bush’s AIDS Program for Now

    … but will it be hobbled by his other policies?

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    Why More Writers Should Talk About Money

    A new collection of essays and interviews breaks one of the biggest taboos of the literary world.

  • Stefan Wermuth / Reuters

    Recapping Sherlock Offers a Clue to How Memories Are Stored

    When viewers recount an episode, their brains all appear to retrieve the shape of its plot from the same areas.

  • Reuters

    Reading Literature Won’t Give You Superpowers

    Psychologists have failed to replicate a famous study suggesting that short fiction improves readers’ abilities to read the emotional states of others.

  • Stringer / AP

    A Gene That Could Help Explain Why Lithium Stabilizes Mood

    It's always been a mystery why the drug works to treat bipolar disorder, but a new study sheds light on a possible mechanism.

  • Adriane Ohanesian / Reuters

    How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Diagnose Mental Disorders

    Machine learning could train software to spot verbal tics associated with schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder.