Unfathomable Life

As a philosopher, I thought I understood risk. Then I tried to get pregnant.
Anna Hartford

The Choice Plot

Why are so many new novels obsessed with whether–and how–to have children?
Sanjena Sathian

Service or Servitude?

The Bear and The Menu give us very different views of capitalism
Daniel W. Drezner

Ahead of Time

On poetry and mourning
Kamran Javadizadeh

Lorraine Hansberry’s Queer Archive

The playwright’s lesbian fiction has gone largely unexamined. But she wanted you to read it.
Alec Pollak

How Emily Wilson Reimagined Homer

Her boldly innovative translation of the Iliad is an epic for our time
Emily Greenwood



New York Anabasis

In praise of the return to the surface
Rachel Eisendrath
June 12, 2023

Notes on Affirmation

SFFA v. Harvard and the quest for acceptance
Thomas Dai
June 12, 2023

Ordinary Allurements

Christina Sharpe’s reading lessons
Elleza Kelley
June 12, 2023

The Consolations of Failure

Two new books look at what failing can—and cannot—teach us
Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
June 12, 2023

This Part of Our Lives Is Over

Sending my daughter to Japan
Emily Bernard
June 12, 2023

[I had a dream last night]

Brandon Shimoda
June 5, 2023

Beyond the Attention Economy

Turning to face our burning world
Laura Dassow Walls
May 23, 2023

How to Sharpen a Scythe

Is paying attention good in itself?
Daegan Miller
May 23, 2023

Sublimation and Self-Possession

Bearing witness to life’s weirdness
Ana Schwartz
May 23, 2023

The Saunterers’ Club

In pursuit of a more wayward Thoreau
Caleb Smith
May 23, 2023