The University of Virginia was supposed to transform a slave-owning generation, but it failed.
Over the course of her writing career, she has explored the power and limits of personal testimony in times of crisis.
It wasn’t the light bulb or the phonograph or the moving picture—or anything tangible. It was a way of thinking about technology.
Three new books explore the variety of transgender experiences.
Ben Lerner, portraitist of talkative men, explores the roots of white male rage.
Mick Herron writes about the broken spies sworn to protect today’s broken England.
Why the end of fertility doesn’t mark the start of decline—and may even help explain our success as a species.
A small area in France has a long history of extraordinary kindness to strangers.
The setting of her new novel is terror-ridden Nigeria, a world away from her native Ireland, but the psychic territory is familiar.
In a new translation of the Book of Job, the famously repentant hero gives God a piece of his mind.
And what it means for our future
The justice’s reactionary legal philosophy rests on faith in the power of adversity to fuel black progress.
A drowning haunts Susan Steinberg’s dark first novel about teenagers’ summer adventures.
Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Zora Neale Hurston—spurred on by Franz Boas—revolutionized the way we think about humanity.
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.