Nicholas Lemann: Challenges to American democracy are “ever-present”
Robert W. Trogdon on Ernest Hemingway’s Paris years, “a magical time for modern literature”
Roads not taken: Andrew H. Miller discusses On Not Being Someone Else
Ron Hansen on the Western, a “distinctly American mythology”
Ruth Franklin on the novels of Shirley Jackson: “She never did the same thing twice”
New life of John Steinbeck reveals a writer “fueled by anger”
Sean Wilentz: Richard Hofstadter and the “paranoid style” as an American phenomenon
The Saddest Words: Michael Gorra on reading Faulkner now
Susan Ware: Race, region, and the full story of the fight for women’s suffrage
Monique Truong: Lafacadio Hearn’s wandering life as a search for home
Martin J. Sherwin: At his core, Jonathan Schell was a philosopher
American Conservatism: An “intellectual tradition worthy of respect and consideration”
Madison Smartt Bell on Robert Stone, restless chronicler of physical and moral extremity
Susan K. Harris: The round-the-world trip that made Mark Twain an anti-imperialist
For pleasure or as a spiritual discipline, bird-watching is “a lesson in respect and humility”
(Re)introducing the “decidedly unsentimental and modern” Constance Fenimore Woolson
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