‘The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.’ and the new masculinity
In the middle of last decade, amidst the publication of several novels by and about (to borrow the title of just one) sad young literary men, The Awl’s Choire Sicha wrote a brilliant essay in the New York Observer hazarding a guess at just what was making all the young literary men so sad. “These writers, our boys not overseas, are friendly,” Sicha wrote.
The first penguin paperbacks—including titles by Ernest Hemingway, Agatha Christie, and André Maurois—were published on this day in 1935. At six pence each, they were the same price as a box of cigarettes and much cheaper than hardcovers. Mass-producing paperbacks popularized literature for a new class and fundamentally changed the printing industry. Below is a select visual history of the Penguin paperback.
The paradox of writing about Jesus is that we can only form an idea of him from the scriptures, yet we can only evaluate the scriptures if we have an idea of what he must have been like.
Orhan Pamuk explains the arrogance of Erdoğan, the riots in Taksim Square, and why the future of the novel lies in the East.
The unhinged psalms of Dean Young
Dean Young is one of the most distinguished mid-career poets in America. His new book of new and selected poems shows how he has emerged from a dire medical condition to write the best poems of his life.
A cosmic perspective lends form to Italo Calvino's idea of utopia.
Aldous Huxley would have reached the ripe old age of 119 today. In his honor, we present a selection of his poetry as published in The New Republic.
September 13, 1939
In honor of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who died 174 years ago today, Kenneth Burke's 1939 essay lauding Coleridge as a great champion of idealism.
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A revisionist history of a social revolution
The courts have been lauded for boosting gay rights. Why cultural changes mattered more.