From the Archives

The Working Mother in 1926 Was a Lot Like a Working Mom Today
May 19, 2015

"The problem of the mother in professional work is psychological and social, and is increasing in perplexity and importance."

How Orson Welles Survived Hollywood
May 06, 2015

Stanley Kauffmann reflects on the "overgrown baby," Orson Welles.

A Doctor’s Scathing 1950 Takedown of L. Ron Hubbard’s ‘Dianetics’
May 05, 2015

Scientology's canonical text was full of pseudoscience, and this book reviewer knew it.

How Mike Nichols and 'The Graduate' Changed American Movies Forever
November 20, 2014

The sexual frankness of 'The Graduate' was less revolutionary than its moral stance.

In Praise of Oscar Wilde's Brilliant Wit, Sparkling Conversation, and Daring Genius
October 16, 2014

It was his personality, more than anything, that secured his reputation.

The Original Versions of Two of Auden's Most Beloved Poems
October 06, 2014

Here's how they were first published, in The New Republic

The 20-Year Old Who Dated Her Dad—And Then Wrote A Book About It
August 15, 2014

Yes, they consummated the relationship.

The Multi-Billion Dollar Fight Over Who Owns The Sun
August 12, 2014

In 1975, Santa Clara fought to make the sun a public resource. Did they succeed? 

The First American Ebola Outbreak
August 05, 2014

The amazing account of the first Ebola outbreak that nearly went airborne in the U.S.

Victims of the Machine
July 15, 2014

An essay on Labor's response to machines in 1927.