Cara Parks

Books of Forgetting
Why we can't stop writing about what we can't remember
May 11, 2014

The problem of memory and memoir in an age when technology has both overcome and highlighted the limits of the human brain’s recall.

Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With the Middle Ages?
November 12, 2013

It is time, at long last, for me to admit publicly a dark secret that has haunted me since adolescence. In high school, I worked at a Renaissance Faire.

The Year 1922 Was a Lot More Exciting Than You Think
September 08, 2013

In July of 1922, British artist and author Wyndham Lewis dropped in on Ezra Pound at his studio in Paris and found him boxing with a “splendidly built young man, stripped to the waist, and with a torso of dazzling white.” That young man, a journalist

In Praise of Janet Malcolm's Prickly Career
April 30, 2013

Perhaps more than any other journalist, Malcolm has influenced young reporters’ willingness to challenge the profession’s conventions.

Hot Air: Dispatch from the Fiery Future
January 15, 2013

A WARMING PLANET is a deadly place to call home. We see the death toll linked to climate change mount every year: the 2003 European heat wave killed 70,000; over 100 Americans died during Hurricane Sandy; super-typhoon Bopha killed at least 900 in the Philippines; and a crippling drought in Texas and much of the rest of the southwest United States in the summer of 2011 drove global food prices to dangerous levels. Australia’s ongoing heat wave has reached such extreme temperatures that meteorologists have been forced to add new colors to their maps. And we have ourselves to blame.

Ironing Out the Wrinkles—The Complexities of Madeleine L’Engle
November 27, 2012

Leonard S. Marcus’s Listening for Madeleine responds directly to Cynthia Zarin’s image-distorting New Yorker profile.

Tnr's Mccain - Obama Archives
May 08, 2008

What's that coming over the horizon? Why, it's a general election!... To prepare for landfall, we dug through our archival vaults--back to 1996--to bring you TNR's past coverage of John McCain and Barack Obama, the likely Democratic nominee. Take a look through. Make sure you're equipped for November. --Cara Parks & Barron YoungSmith