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  • Sub-tropical disturbance moves inland, threatens to spark severe weather May 23, 2022
    A storm of sub-tropical origin moved inland over the southeastern United States Sunday night into Monday and will continue to spread heavy rainfall and thunderstorms to the region into Monday evening. Although this storm was not named by the National Hurricane Center (NHC), had it reached tropical storm strength, it would have been the first...
  • Drenching thunderstorms to threaten flooding from Texas to Missouri May 21, 2022
    A surge of warmth has been felt across the region in recent days. For some, the hot streak has been even longer. Cities like Dallas and Austin, Texas, have spent more than a week with temperatures in the 90s F. For residents looking for some relief from the heat, a change in the weather pattern...
  • Deadly derecho leaves widespread damage in Canada May 22, 2022
    Massive power outages and at least ten casualties were the result of a powerful thunderstorm complex, known as a derecho, riding through a densely-populated corridor of southeastern Ontario and Quebec over the weekend. In Ontario, six deaths were caused by falling trees, part of the massive damage due to winds that gusted up to 82...
  • 1 dead, more than a dozen hospitalized after half marathon in NYC May 24, 2022
    At least one runner died and 15 were hospitalized on Saturday in New York City after the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon, which took place during the early stages of what turned out to be a record-setting hot spell that impacted much of the Northeast over the weekend, including the New York metro area. Of those...
  • Deadly Gaylord tornado was the strongest to impact Michigan in 10 years May 21, 2022
    Heavy damage has been reported in Gaylord, Michigan, after a large and extremely dangerous tornado was spotted in the area on Friday, killing at least two, according to local news sources. At least 12 homes were destroyed and more than 40 people were injured, according to Gaylord mayor Todd Sharrard. The tornado was given an...
  • Monkeypox fast facts: What you need to know May 24, 2022
    With the world still trying to mitigate new COVID-19 variants in the drawn-out coronavirus pandemic, the recent outbreaks of monkeypox in at least 12 countries that don’t normally see cases of the disease have understandably sparked new concern over possible health implications. According to surveillance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the United S […]
  • Climate scientist pinpoints what exactly is lacking in the scientific method April 1, 2021
    Dr. Mika Tosca, 36, a climate scientist and assistant professor at the School Art Institute of Chicago, believes a certain step, if not process, is missing from the scientific method: a lack of human engagement. Of all subjects and their relation to science, art is what she accredits to allowing her to explore ways to...
  • Drought, winds to fuel Southwest wildfires as heat builds May 23, 2022
    For weeks, the Southwest has been gripped by extreme drought, rapidly spreading wildfires and surges of heat. AccuWeather forecasters say that this trend will continue with the temperatures in some cities possibly approaching record territory. Across the Southwest, the fire season is already off to an active start. Earlier this month, destructive wildfires r […]
  • Frequent rounds of intense rainfall to raise flood risk in south-central US May 23, 2022
    Over 61 million people in the central and southern United States will be at risk from a slow-moving storm capable of producing flooding and severe weather this week. With days of rain expected and following a recent dry spell in the region, AccuWeather meteorologists warn that incidents of flooding could be widespread. Some locations from...
  • It's been 75 years since the first-named hurricane struck US soil May 20, 2022
    You know Katrina, Harvey and Sandy. Before that came Andrew, Hugo and Agnes. These are some of the most notorious hurricanes that have ever impacted the United States. But how is it that we know them? Well, by their names, of course. But while the formation and devastation of tropical storms may be as old...

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  • A Critic in the Court
    “We can only do our job,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his draft opinion for Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, “which is to interpret the law.” “These claims to neutrality and humility should make you nauseous and irate,” writes Liza Batkin in “Deceit in Plain Sight,” her contribution to the Review’s symposium about the […]
  • Must We Grow?
    For about fifteen years, from the late 1990s through the early 2010s, my partner and I lived off the electrical grid in rural Colorado. Our two-room house, which he had built, was insulated with straw bales; it had a woodstove for heat, an on-demand propane-powered water heater, and a composting toilet. The plumbing—enough for a […]
  • The End of
    Aspirations In the windowless clinic where I work, the back hallway is lined with a row of small, square rooms. Inside each room is a desk, a computer screen, a box of tissues, two chairs, and little else. This is where the clinic counselors meet with patients who have come in for their abortions. In […]
  • Could Internet Culture Be Different?
    There’s a diagram of the Internet that I show my students every semester. It was drawn in December 1969 and features four circles, four boxes, and four lines. The circles represent four institutions—UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, the University of Utah, and the Stanford Research Institute—while the boxes represent giant mainframe computers on their campuses. Those […]
  • ‘He Loved Handing Out Decorations’
    Soviet party leaders tend to get the biographies they deserve. Stephen Kotkin’s unfolding trilogy about Stalin is almost superhuman in scope and ambition. William Taubman’s volumes about Khrushchev and Gorbachev are vivid, buoyant, and dramatic. Susanne Schattenberg’s new biography of Brezhnev is almost as bland as its subject. According to Schattenberg, Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev was […]
  • The Monsters in Cabinet 13
    Un-su Kim’s The Cabinet begins with an account of the peculiar fate of Ludger Sylbaris, one of those historical misfits whose story appears in compendia of strange-but-true curiosities, popular accounts of natural disasters, and travel guide sidebars. A native of Martinique, Sylbaris was imprisoned in the city of Saint-Pierre when Mount Pelée erupted on May […]
  • Benjamin’s Rival Tempters
    In April 1940 Gershom Scholem wrote from Jerusalem to Theodor Adorno in New York about their mutual friend in Paris: “I am very worried about Walter Benjamin, from whom I have heard nothing, even in answer to my inquiries, since early December 1939…. If you know anything, please write to me.” Three months later, Adorno […]
  • Mothers Under Pressure
    In an unusual confluence of transformative historical events, 1984 saw both the debut of the Apple Macintosh, with its monumental impact on personal computing, and the publication of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the pregnancy guide that would go on to sell more than 22 million copies—the book a fire breath of terror conveying […]
  • Cataract
    It doesn’t fall it gathers the doctor explainedThat’s just what people named it when I took offThe bandage blinded by the unblocked lightAt first I panicked brightness falls from the airThe lens that you were born with flexes but darkensFilm noir betrayals Niagara none can wellBehold with eyes what underneath him liesThe new lens rigid […]
  • Subjects of Considerable Gossip
    Greta Garbo was born in 1905 in one of the poorest sections of Stockholm. She lived in a cold-water flat with no indoor toilet. Salka Viertel was born in 1889 into a well-to-do Jewish family living on an estate of rolling meadows and orchards in Galicia, near what is now Lviv, Ukraine. Their stories, which […]
  • A Game of Low Stakes
    If you are writing a comedy about imitation, plagiarism, or simply the monotonous sameness of so much contemporary literature, so much contemporary discourse, it makes sense perhaps to borrow the title of your work from one of the most celebrated novels of all time and to write it in one of the most radical and […]
  • ‘The Ultimate Asian Woman’
    “Envy,” the psychologist Peter van Sommers writes, “concerns what you would like to have but don’t possess,” whereas jealousy “concerns what you have and do not wish to lose.” Elaine Hsieh Chou’s hilarious and harrowing debut novel, Disorientation, is set in a place saturated with both emotions, where envy and jealousy shift and interact in […]
  • Rehearsal for Genocide
    The war in Ukraine has simultaneously forced to the surface and upended the memory of a history that had fallen into oblivion. The past, we see once more, can be reinvented and reinterpreted. In 2014 Slava Ukraini became the slogan of an independent, westward-looking Ukraine, when the Euromaidan protests resulted in the ousting of its […]
  • November with Animals
    The sunflowers have gone to seed.A squirrel made off with the head of oneHolding it square in his little paws, like a sandwich.The laying hen won’t lay, though she looks        Up to the job. The moon went from small to half to full.Popular opinion about the future turned sour again.The gourds had swelled, and plump were […]
  • A Style of Revolt
    “Whether he poses or is real,” Thom Gunn wrote in one of the first poems inspired by Elvis Presley, “no cat/Bothers to say.” To many British men who came of age during the austere and repressive 1950s, from the formidably erudite and Cambridge-educated Gunn to streetwise Scousers such as John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Presley […]
  • ‘Why Biology Is Not Destiny’: An Exchange
    To the Editors: Marcus Feldman and Jessica Riskin did not like my book. Or rather, they did not like a book called The Genetic Lottery by an author named “Kathryn Paige Harden,” but their review [NYR, April 21] so badly distorts my arguments that I have the curious impression that Feldman and Riskin somehow got […]
  • Query
    For a volume of the letters of Susan Sontag, I would be grateful to hear from those who corresponded with her. Benjamin Taylorbenjtay@aol.com
  • The Boundaries of Kinship
    From the opening lines of Wedding Band, her 1966 play about an interracial relationship in World War I–era South Carolina, Alice Childress keeps her keen eye trained on life’s essentials: money, food, human connection. Mattie trails her daughter Teeta around the stage in search of a lost quarter. In her anger, the mother explains the […]
  • Policing Womanhood
    The draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson leaked on the anniversary of the Memphis Massacre, a turning point on the way to what looked like freedom. Over the first three days of May in 1866, white residents of Memphis brutalized, murdered, and sexually assaulted the city’s Black residents. Seven men […]
  • The Yeehaw Papyrus
    Princes shall come out of Egypt;Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God Psalm 68:31 Cowboy hat from GucciWrangler on my bootyCan’t nobody tell me nothing Lil Nas X Of the many armored costumes black artists have worn in America, the pharaoh and the cowboy are perennial favorites. Who could forget Michael Jackson in […]
  • Unsteady Ground
    The leaked draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization will shift the ground underneath millions of American women. Except in the highly unlikely event that one or two of the Justices publicly changes their mind, we will all wake up one day this summer and experience a fundamental right being pulled out from […]
  • Big Stories, Little Stories
    In the May 26, 2022, issue of the magazine, E. Tammy Kim reviews The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War, a new history of the war drawn from case files from American prisoner of war camps that have recently been declassified after decades in government archives. Included in these documents are photographs and transcripts of […]
  • Our Lives in Their Hands
    When I read about the Supreme Court’s draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, a memory came to me of my mother with my father in the yard of our cinder-block home in Lowndes County, Alabama. They were talking to reporters about how my mother had been sterilized at the age of twenty-six. The […]
  • Stealing the Crown Jewels
    The end of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey would be catastrophic for American women, generations of whom have lived with access to abortion. Near the end of his draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, however, Justice Samuel Alito gives a cynically upbeat prediction about its potential effects. Rather than […]
  • Before the Fall
    The day before the leak of Samuel Alito’s retrograde Supreme Court draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which appears to be on the verge of overturning long-standing abortion rights, I happened to be on an airplane, watching The Eyes of Tammy Faye—a recent biopic, based on a documentary of the same name, […]
  • Weak Protagonists
    This Thursday, Louisiana state lawmakers are scheduled to discuss on the House floor a bill, HB 813, that would enshrine personhood rights “from the moment of fertilization” and criminalize abortion. Just a few years ago, even in states where Republicans have gerrymandered themselves ironclad majorities, when fanatical lawmakers proposed similar personhood bills Republican leadership usually […]
  • Uprooting Rights
    As a professor of law and of history, I’m naturally interested in the ways that people in the legal field—law professors, lawyers, and judges—use history, and the way historians use the law. Each sometimes draw upon the others’ discipline to bolster arguments they wish to make. The tendency is at its most consequential when judges […]
  • ‘Can You Describe This?’
    Why does life feel different to me since Monday night, when I opened Twitter and saw the news? “And the stone word fell / On my still-living breast. / Never mind, I was ready. / I will manage somehow,” Anna Akhmatova writes in “The Sentence,” a poem I keep thinking of when I consider my […]
  • A Cruel Vote
    On a sunny day in 2018 Irish women danced, sang, and cheered on the grounds of Dublin Castle when the ban on abortion in Ireland was finally voted out of existence. I wasn’t there, I did not dance, I stayed at home and wept over my computer keyboard, to the concern of my children. The […]
  • Intentions
    Some identifying details have been changed for patient privacy. I am a hospital pediatrician in Texas, where since 2021 a law has been in force that outlaws abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy. Under SB 8, anyone who “abets” or “intends” to abet a later abortion can be sued. The law is deliberately vague: […]
  • A Heedless Majority
    The conventional wisdom is that one cannot judge a Supreme Court justice by his or her first few years on the Court. There is nothing that really prepares one for the awesome power—and responsibility—that a Supreme Court justice holds. Justices typically take some time to find their feet, and tread lightly as they grow into […]
  • Art of Place
    In our May 12 issue, Carolina A. Miranda appraises New Orleans’s fifth citywide art triennial, “Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow,” an exhibition that brought together “historical, environmental, and spiritual themes” in works by artists from around the world that were nonetheless “firmly rooted in New Orleans.” The show sprawled across the city and included sculptural […]
  • A Lesson from Ireland
    In a couple of weeks’ time, on May 25, Ireland will mark the fourth anniversary of the abortion referendum, when, with broad cross-party support, 66.4 percent of the population voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution.  Adopted following a deeply divisive referendum in 1983, “the Eighth” asserted the right to life of […]
  • Deceit in Plain Sight
    Justice Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization would have you believe that the forthcoming decision to overrule Roe v. Wade is a display of great judicial restraint and independence. The draft is written in the language of solemn duty: we do not want to take away abortion rights, the conservative justices […]
  • Aspirations
    In the windowless clinic where I work, the back hallway is lined with a row of small square rooms. Inside each room is a desk, a computer screen, a box of tissues, two chairs, and little else. This is where the clinic counselors meet with patients—mostly women, some trans or nonbinary patients, anyone with a […]
  • Beyond the Betrayal
    On the morning of August 4, 1944, everything seemed normal at Prinsengracht 263, a tall, narrow building along a canal in Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood. On the ground floor, the workers in the warehouse of a pectin and spice producer formerly known as Opekta/Pectacon—now registered under a false name, since its Jewish founder, Otto Frank, was […]
  • The Iron Grip of the CFA Franc
    What is wrong with Africa? Of the world’s twenty-five poorest countries, twenty-one lie south of the Sahara. Crowded streets and informal markets from Dakar to Mombasa teem with hawkers selling candles, batteries, matches, toys, condoms, plastic cups, nylon wedding gowns, fake jewelry, and other cheap imports, but the region itself manufactures almost nothing. Forty percent […]
  • Under Their Skin
    The first fictional spacecraft were thrilling, vehicles for exploration and discovery, but it wasn’t long before writers realized that spaceships would also be workplaces like their waterborne counterparts, with tight quarters where repetitive tasks and interpersonal friction are occasionally interrupted by interludes of existential peril. The most familiar pop-cultural depiction of this, Ridley Scott’s 1979 […]
  • The Babel Within
    A few weeks ago I was invited to the book festival in Trieste, in northeast Italy, a city of divided loyalties and complicated history. At its center is an old Austro-Hungarian port; some of its street signs are bilingual, in Italian and Slovenian. The city was “Tergeste” to the Romans, founded on the site of […]
  • An Impulse Felt Round the World
    “The surreal today is measured on the scale of our defeats.” Georges Henein, a founding member of a Cairo group of Surrealists, was responding to a questionnaire that a Paris review had sent him concerning the state of the movement in 1946, twenty-two years on from André Breton’s inaugural Manifeste du surréalisme. What defeats had […]
  • A Permanent Battle
    On New Year’s Day, I went to a bookstore in Cheonan, South Korea, to buy a wall map of the country. The label said, simply, “Map of Korea,” so when I got home and unfolded it, I was surprised to see that it showed both North and South—the entire peninsula and its hundreds of surrounding […]
  • Who Should Regulate?
    Does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have the authority to impose a mask mandate on people who travel on planes, trains, and buses? In April a federal district court in Florida offered a clear answer: Absolutely not. The court gave an exceedingly narrow reading to the CDC’s powers under laws enacted by Congress. […]
  • After George Herbert
    Come, my Motorway, my Equals Sign, my Higher Race,Such a Motorway as wheels with stars,Such an Equals Sign as time plus space,Such a Higher Race as cable cars. Come, my Bedside Light, my Takeaway, my Calloused Hand,Such a Bedside Light as lanternfish,Such a Takeaway as takes a stand,Such a Calloused Hand as makes a wish. […]
  • The Forest of Crickets
    Hard night, you’re in my breathing now.            Come with me, since you have no choice,since you’ve been, in a way, abducted.            Every breath will demonstrate my power. We move through a forest of crickets.            Their tiny bodies are elderly, arthritic;they sense the fall already moving in,            who were babies just yesterday, who were children at dawn. They stiffen            into clothespins. […]
  • Our Hypocrisy on War Crimes
    There is the war, and then there is the war about the war. Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine is being fought in fields and cities, in the air and at sea. It is also, however, being contested through language. Is it a war or a “special military operation”? Is it an unprovoked invasion or a […]
  • Shadows Across the Decades
    Some way through Francisco Goldman’s Monkey Boy, the novel’s narrator—an accomplished writer in middle age called Francisco Goldberg, whose name isn’t his only resemblance to the author—recalls “the day I became a journalist.” As an aspiring writer of fiction in his early twenties, he left New York for his mother’s homeland in Central America, intending […]
  • How Do Whispers Become Movements?
    The most thrilling part of Ten Days That Shook the World (1919), John Reed’s account of the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, is not the storming of the Winter Palace or Leon Trotsky’s impassioned speeches. It is the citizens’ debates—described as “hot,” “endless,” “violent,” and “stormy”—over what course the revolution should take, or even whether it […]
  • Schemes Gone Awry
    When Richard Wilbur undertook in 1952 to translate Molière’s The Misanthrope, it was as compensation for his inability (despite having received a grant for the purpose) to write verse plays of his own: “They didn’t come off. They were very bad, extremely wooden.” With his first two books of poetry, The Beautiful Changes (1947) and […]
  • A Fable of Agency
    In The Allure of the Archives (1989), a gem of a book, the French historian Arlette Farge talks about unearthing, insofar as it’s possible, a past that’s not quite past—particularly in relation to the lives of women, whose histories have often been hidden, forgotten, or written over, women spoken about but whom we seldom hear […]
  • Cousin Bob & Cousin Wendy
    To the Editors: During the recent annual meeting of the American Oriental Society, a senior Sanskrit scholar offered me a “good news, bad news” proposition. The good news was that our newly revised single-volume edition of the Princeton University Press translation of the ancient Sanskrit epic the Ramayana of Valmiki had been reviewed in this […]
  • Provocation from Another Soul
    In our May 12 issue, Christopher Benfey reviewed Here and There, an essay collection by the philosopher Stanley Cavell, who died in 2018. Cavell is renowned for the enormous range of his writing, on subjects including the “ordinary language” philosophy that arose from the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein and J.L. Austin, the importance of Kant’s […]
  • The Racing Brain of Martin Vaughn-James
    Martin Vaughn-James was born amid the apocalypse and never recovered. As he said on more than one occasion, his birth in Bristol on December 5, 1943, occurred “during an air raid.” The visual landscape of his childhood, he wrote, consisted of “abandoned airfields, weed-covered bomb-sites, enigmatic bits of shell-casings, helmets, rusting away in woods and […]
  • At Saul Steinberg’s Table
    “A writer who draws” is how Saul Steinberg described himself. Twenty years after his death, the graphic artist remains best known as the swiftfooted and bonkers satirist behind over eighty covers for The New Yorker. In the beloved artist catalogs he assembled for Viking and Knopf throughout his career, he played with the slippery ability […]

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  • ‘My Job Has Fundamentally Changed’
    Deans and department chairs on the challenges of an evolving campus workplace.By Megan Zahneis Deans and department chairs on the challenges of an evolving campus workplace.
  • No Fun for You!
    Academe's pleasure problem.By Douglas Dowland Academe's pleasure problem.
  • Digital Humanists Need to Learn How to Count
    A prominent recent book in the field suffers serious methodological pitfalls.By Mordechai Levy-Eichel and Daniel Scheinerman A prominent recent book in the field suffers serious methodological pitfalls.
  • When Academic Life Is a Horror Show
    Mariama Diallo's 'Master' satirizes on-campus racism in sharp but uneven strokes. By Mari N. Crabtree Mariama Diallo's Master satirizes on-campus racism in sharp but uneven strokes.
  • On the Uses and Abuses of Identity Politics
    The philosopher Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on the academy, the elite, and the future of politics.By Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow The philosopher Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò on the academy, the elite, and the future of politics.
  • Saving Academic Freedom From Free Speech
    The difference between the two is critical — and widely ignored.By Michael Bérubé and Jennifer Ruth The difference between the two is critical — and widely ignored.
  • No More Letters of Recommendation!
    This hyperstylized, dishonest genre is useless for everyone.By Benjamin Schreier This hyperstylized, dishonest genre is useless for everyone.
  • What Are the Limits of Academic Freedom?
    A maddening new book fumbles an important debate. By Jeffrey Aaron Snyder A maddening new book fumbles an important debate.