My Year of Stalking Rachel

The quest to see without being seen
Becca Rothfeld
An image from Ingmar Bergman's Persona

Merrill's Last Letters

Writing to the end
James Merrill


The Wrong Daddy

Morrissey and the cult of the wounded white male
Jeremy Atherton Lin

The Moment

On Rereading

Remaking the world
Victor Brombert

The Ugly Side of Sisterhood

On envy and twinship
Jean Garnett
The author with her sister in childhood.

And Finally I'll Say Goodbye

Remembering my mother, Jean Valentine
Rebecca Chace
Jean Valentine at her desk



people walking in front of a building, black and whtie photo

We Have a Body

The deaths of patients—and colleagues
Suzanne Koven
May 19, 2021
Adam Zagajewski. Courtesy Donostia Kultura

Remembering Adam Zagajewski

A poet of the human soul
Ilya Kaminsky
May 6, 2021
A woman at the beach with a watermelon

The Wild, Sublime Body

Learning how to be human
Melissa Febos
March 10, 2021
Men in an airport lounge

Olga Tokarczuk’s Radical Tenderness

Reading the Nobel Laureate
Marek Makowski
February 16, 2021
A version of the California flag with "Twitter" replacing "California" in the banner's text section

Against Abdicating Power to Big Tech

We can’t rely on Big Tech to reign over online speech
Claire Bond Potter
February 1, 2021
A stack of old issues of The Yale Review. Courtesy Pentagram
Pandemic Files

My Summer of Julien Gracq

Reading a French novelist’s examination of liminal space in a plague year
Seth Lerer
January 11, 2021
Still from Pen15, a television show

Act Your Age

Swapping bodies, swapping ages, and re-inventing youth
Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey
December 21, 2020
A swirling pattern on green background

Notes Upon Arrival

A diary of immigration and lost love
Bhanu Kapil
December 1, 2020
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The Anti-Extinction Engine

Langston Hughes and my friend, the apocalypse actuary
Anne Boyer
December 1, 2020
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The Cultural Construction of Identity

The knotty interrelations between text and image
Lorraine O’Grady
December 1, 2020