In 2007, several n+1 editors discussed books they’d read or wished they had read in college. The series of dialogues was published in a pamphlet called What We Should Have Known. A new pamphlet, No Regrets, which came out this week, reprises the 2007 panel’s questions (What do you wish you had read in college? What books changed you?) but restricts the conversation to women.
Why novelists love to write about affairs between professors and students.
These photos bring Dickinson to life better than any biography.
Rudyard Kipling’s creations in verse and prose are among the most familiar in the English language. It would be difficult to shield a child in any Anglophone country from Mowgli’s exploits among the wolves, or from an explanation of how the leopard got his spots. Many teenagers are still exposed to the hammering exhortations of “If—,” recently voted the most popular poem in Great Britain:If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
Why quants can't measure historic significance
The stats have an answer. The stats lie.
The Holocaust and the limits of human understanding.
Awards for bad sex writing are literary slut-shaming.
A professor turns a blog post into a troubling book
The heavily-footnoted uplift of 'David and Goliath'
What do you get when you read a book that reinforces your beliefs while making you feel nonconformist?
"It was much, much more fun being absolutely unknown"
"The big thing for me is there’s nothing wrong with escape. Someone who is in a difficult or impossible situation who is offered an unlocked door to somewhere else that they can go through, and they can go through and they can get away..."