Essays

The Night Watch

I first sought sanctuary during the Troubles. I'm still looking for it.
Darran Anderson

New York Anabasis

In praise of the return to the surface
Rachel Eisendrath

Ahead of Time

On poetry and mourning
Kamran Javadizadeh

In the Shallows

Why do public intellectuals condescend to their readers?
Becca Rothfeld

Revisiting Dag Hammarskjöld’s Mysterious Death

One man is known to have survived the infamous crash. Why was his testimony hidden?
Susan Williams

Free All Necks

How the groundbreaking work of artist and teacher Alma Thomas inspired a generation of Black students
Alexis Pauline Gumbs

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A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram

A Legend in My Life

My encounters with the incomparable Greta Garbo
Vincent Price
July 1, 1988
A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram

Making Contact

Encounters with readers
Annie Dillard
July 1, 1988
An abstract print by Jacob van Heemskerck.

Naming, Being, and Black Experience

Yale’s first Black professor on the presence or absence of names, their status and their scope.
Michael G. Cooke
December 1, 1977
Detail of a microchip

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.

A Journal of the Plague

The 1918 Influenza
Francis Russell
December 1, 1958
Blue stamps from WWII ration book

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.

After a Visit to England

London during the Blitz
Thornton Wilder
September 1, 1941