Essays

Essays

For Argument's Sake

In praise of high school debate
Becca Rothfeld
The Moment

The Physician as Patient

Medicine after COVID-19
Laura Kolbe

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Camera Mortis

How photographs of the dead helped me mourn
Lili Hamlyn

Essays

My Father's Library

Can you know a man through his books?
Violaine Huisman
Essays

Under the Influence

Is it possible to be an ethical consumer?
Jennifer Stock
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A Glass Essay

Reading Anne Carson post-breakup
Sarah Chihaya

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Detail of a microchip
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Creativity, Poetic Language, and the Computer

What's distinctly human about writing a poem?
Marie Borroff
June 1, 1971
An old photograph of a churchyard cemetery. Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
Essays

A Journal of the Plague

The 1918 Influenza
Francis Russell
December 1, 1958
Blue stamps from WWII ration book
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Note on the Home Front

I shall never forget that first winter of gasoline rationing
Eve Riehle
September 1, 1945
A photograph of a London street during WWII.
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After a Visit to England

London during the Blitz
Thornton Wilder
September 1, 1941
A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram
Essays

Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour

Vita Sackville-West
September 1, 1929
A painting of a woman reading at a table.
From the Archives

How Should One Read a Book?

Read as if one were writing it
Virginia Woolf
September 1, 1926