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What We’re Loving: Algiers, Aliens, Adulthood

George Saunders talks to an alien. Detail from an illustration by Thomas Allen, in O, the Oprah Magazine. I went on vacation planning to read Tristram ...

July 25, 2014 05:45 PM | 3 comments

The Vale of Soul-Making

How Keats coped with fever. Tuberculosis seemed to pursue Keats his whole life. In 1821, three months after he learned of Keats’s death, Percy Shelley wrote ...

July 25, 2014 04:25 PM

The Best Medicine

Gerard van Honthorst, The Merry Fiddler, 1623 “He knew everything there was to know about literature, except how to enjoy it.” —Catch-22 Can a ...

July 25, 2014 03:07 PM | 5 comments

Even the Losers

A drone—yes, really—photographed the action at our game against New York. Photo: Alon Sicherman, Center for the Study of the Drone Even the losers Keep a ...

July 25, 2014 01:34 PM | 1 comments

Sword-and-Sandal Epics Be Damned, and Other News

Poster for Atlas Against the Cyclops, 1961. Movies set in Ancient Rome always do well at the box office. Why not Ancient Greece? “What is Hollywood to do ...

July 25, 2014 09:30 AM

Le Pater

In 1899, Alphonse Mucha, a progenitor of Art Nouveau, published Le Pater, an illustrated edition of the Lord’s Prayer embellished in his sinuous, faintly ...

July 24, 2014 04:00 PM