- Jun 13 20161 minute
How Islam is Different From Other Religions
WE WANT TO BELIEVE WE’RE ALL BASICALLY the same and want the same things, but what if we’re not? Islam, in both theory and practice, is exceptional in how it relates to politics. Because of its outsize role in law and governance, Islam has been—and
- Dec 21 20165 minutes
Martin Scorsese’s Radical Act Of Turning Theology Into Art
Rarely do mainstream films treat religious questions with seriousness and specificity. Silence, a movie about 17th-century Jesuit missionaries, shows what that can look like.
- Dec 21 201612 minutes
The Spiritual Crisis Of The Modern Economy
The main source of meaning in American life is a meritocratic competition that makes those who struggle feel inferior.
- Jan 4 20179 minutes
Opening Paragraphs Don’t Always Have To Be Exciting
The author Emily Ruskovich discusses the uncanny restraint of Alice Munro and the art of starting a short story.
- Dec 21 20164 minutes
'Fuck You, 2016'
On blaming a year for the things that happen in it
- Dec 11 201615 minutes
Let’s See How Alive We Can Be
Elizabeth Gilbert’s brand of magical thinking.
- Jan 6 20175 minutes
Silence Is Easier To Admire Than To Love
Martin Scorsese’s new film about Christian missionaries in 17th-century Japan is a powerful work that is in part undone by the director’s own passion.
- Dec 21 201629 minutes
‘Better Is Good’: Obama On Reparations, Civil Rights, And The Art Of The Possible
The second in a series of interviews between Ta-Nehisi Coates and the president
- Dec 28 201611 minutes
How The Justice System Pushes Kids Out Of Classrooms And Into Prisons
The playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith explored the link between schools and incarceration in her one-woman show Notes From the Field.
- Oct 3 20161 minute
Of Maladies and Miracles
SARAH BEGLEY IN HER NEW NOVEL THE Wonder, Emma Donoghue (Room) again tells the story of a woman struggling to protect a vulnerable child. Anna O’Donnell is a Catholic girl in 1850s Ireland who has not eaten since her 11th birthday, four months befor
- Dec 21 20168 minutes
The Best Books We Missed In 2016
And the titles their authors say they loved