Glorified for its creative benefits, the pastime has become yet another goal-driven pursuit.
Dispatched by Life magazine to cover the Apollo 11 mission, Norman Mailer saw the lunar landing not as a triumph for mankind but as evidence of our hubris.
“Sabermetrics” changed the national pastime. Now another technological revolution is transforming the game, for good or ill.
Burrow far below the planet’s surface, and even there, humanity has left its imprint.
What 1984 means today
An old-boy operation was transformed by women during World War II, and at last the unsung upstarts are getting their due.
How the “food revolution” turned us into snackers, guaranteeing the demise of healthy home cooking
A new anthology of sportswriting celebrates the poetry written in the press box.
Siri Hustvedt’s new novel explores fiction’s role in feminist consciousness-raising.
A daughter explores the dark secrets of a family legacy.
John Adams and John Quincy Adams’s virtuous disdain for partisanship was at the root of their failures.
A remarkable novel, Lost Children Archive, and a work of history, The End of the Myth, reckon with a walled border.
The biology of mental illness is still a mystery, but practitioners don’t want to admit it.
Watching a neurosurgeon at work is awe- and cringe-inducing.
The celebrity poet Letitia Elizabeth Landon mesmerized a 19th-century public with hints of dark secrets.
A palliative-care doctor learns the language of suffering and the limits of medical control.
The chief justice writes fiercely conservative opinions, yet champions the Court’s political independence. How will he respond to a constitutional crisis?
What the battle between Herbert Hoover and FDR can teach us
David Thomson’s fascinating, and frustrating, tour of gay subversion and female oppression in American movies
A leading anthropologist suggests that protohumans became domesticated by killing off violent males.