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An earlier version of this book was among the finalists in the 2000 National Poetry Series competition.
The bodies of at least 10 victims have been found on New York’s Gilgo Beach. Are they connected? Now the FBI has joined the hunt in hopes of bringing a sadistic killer to justice
The little girl’s shocking murder stunned the nation—and led investigators through nearly two decades of twists and suspects
Racism should be a core concern for all Americans, in every area of our lives. Implicit bias—our subconscious associations of race—permeates everything that we do. And we must pursue systemic accountability to fix it. The next President must apply th
Russian warships off Syria’s coast Eight Russian warships approached the eastern Mediterranean on Nov. 2, raising fears that Russia and Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime are planning a large-scale, final assault on rebel-held parts of Aleppo.
KIRSTEN SALYER THE BOOKS WE READ WHEN WE’RE young have a special sort of power: they can inspire us to be brave and resilient (Matilda by Roald Dahl), take us on thrilling adventures (Divergent by Veronica Roth) and even introduce us to tragedy (The
Shakespeare may never have left England, but he became the most global writer who ever lived.
MORE THAN 15 YEARS AFTER THE 24-YEAR-OLD INTERN’S DEATH, ALL CHARGES AGAINST THE MAN CONVICTED OF HER MURDER ARE DROPPED. WILL HER FAMILY EVER GET JUSTICE?
Over the past three decades, more than 1,000 indigenous women have gone missing or have been murdered in Canada. The violence hasn’t stopped. Neither have the female activists demanding justice.
Christian Lorentzen’s got these bookmarked.
ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO I stumbled upon a shoebox filled with junk that had been gathering dust in a closet since my dad’s death. I found an old slide rule, a really nice stapler—and four fountain pens. To my amazement, they worked almost as well as they
There are half a billion tweets a day, a deluge known as the Firehose. For Twitter, it’s sellable data. For repressive governments, it’s a great way to hunt dissidents
Let’s start from the beginning (the Western beginning, anyway).
ON AUG. 13, A POLICE BODY camera in Milwaukee captured the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith, 23, a black man who officials say was fleeing police while armed—something they say is clear in the video. In the immediate aftermath, the public had to take
Radhika Jones Technically he’s not our bard, but you wouldn’t know it from the performances that light up the American landscape every summer. How did a playwright who died four years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth give rise to an annual tra
THE WALMART SUPERCENTER IN CAMDEN, S.C., is a 24/7 retail oasis and the only place many nearby residents can go for basic necessities. It’s also the most frequented stop for local police. In the first six months of 2016, 14% of the city’s law-enforce
IN 2014, A WEEK BEFORE THANKSGIVING, a 56-year-old man was shot in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Within hours, several of his family members gathered at the crime scene, discussing retribution. They had suffered; now, they wanted others
It's not just what you type, but how it looks when you type it.
Novelists ask whether societies can rebound from tragedy—and live to forget.
A massacre in Orlando elicits grief, anger and a heightened sense of our stark political divides
I EXPLAIN MY PASSION FOR HISTORY TO MY FRIENDS BY quoting American philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” That simple concept of not drinking from the same carton of sour milk twice is the found
After a string of racially charged police shootings—as well as fatal attacks on officers—Police Lt. Robert McGarner moves through his community aware that there are lives still to be saved and wounds still to heal
After helping bring her college roommate’s killer to justice, she now takes on ‘unsolvable’ cases, giving hope to families of victims who want answers
THE GET DOWN, NETFLIX’S NEW series about the birth of hip-hop, has an unlikely lead character, one who feels things too deeply to speak up. Besieged by the decay of 1977 New York City as envisioned by co-creators Baz Luhrmann and Stephen Adly Guirgis
SARAH BEGLEY ADULTS TEND TO FRET about how kids will handle the death of a loved one. How much can they understand about permanence? What should they be told about the possibility of an afterlife? How will they move on? The children’s books that st
On returning to The Cherry Orchard.
A week after 5 Dallas police officers were murdered, a gunman goes on a killing spree in Louisiana, leaving 3 officers dead and 3 others injured. While families mourn the lives lost in the line of duty, a heartsick nation seeks unity—and an end to violence
IT’S JUST AFTER 8 A.M. inside a drab second-floor classroom two miles from the Seattle airport, and Rex Caldwell is trying to get two dozen cops to talk about their feelings. “This is not meant to be touchy-feely,” he insists, a plea for them to let
Last year, Dahlia Yehia traveled to Nepal to volunteer in earthquake relief. Through Couchsurfing.com, she connected with a friendly host. He gave her a free place to stay. They socialized. They ate dinner. Then Dahlia Yehia was never heard from again.
FOR 60-PLUS YEARS, the Paris Review has asked writers just what they do every day. Judging from the excerpts below, a whole lot of them spend their time thinking—and arguing—about plot.
Will America see a rebirth of political verse?
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