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December 7, 2023
Waiting for a New Poland
Five weeks after the opposition won Poland’s legislative elections, its supporters are looking ahead to the country’s future.
November 24, 2023
In Congo’s Cobalt Mines
The lucrative mining industry is unscrupulous, environmentally disastrous, and a linchpin of Congo’s economy. How can it be reformed?
December 7, 2023 issue
Bad Facts, Bad Law
In a recent Supreme Court oral argument about disarming domestic abusers, originalism itself was put to the test.
November 25, 2023
Combatants for Peace
We are a group of former Israeli soldiers and formerly imprisoned Palestinians. Our work is a model for the nonviolent way forward.
November 23, 2023
A Fallen Artist in Mao’s China
Ha Jin’s The Woman Back from Moscow , a fictionalized account of the life of the actress Sun Weishi, depicts the hypocrisy of the Communist elites and the fate of those who embraced new ideals after the revolution.
Biden’s Selective Outrage
The rhetorical choice to pair Israel and Ukraine has not created a common moral cause. It has exposed a double standard.
November 14, 2023
‘Let Us Not Hurry to Our Doom’
The first Lebanon War helped lay the groundwork for Israel’s escalations of violence in Gaza. Who will heed its warnings?
November 9, 2023
An Open Letter on the Misuse of Holocaust Memory
Appealing to the memory of the Holocaust obscures our understanding of the antisemitism Jews face today and dangerously misrepresents the causes of violence in Israel-Palestine.
November 20, 2023
Israel: The Left in Peril
Since October 7, Israel’s left has encountered unprecedented repression. Could its ideas nonetheless point the way forward?
November 12, 2023
Strangers in the City
In Seven Empty House s, the Argentine writer Samanta Schweblin revives the rioplatense short story tradition, which was born at the turn of the century and reached a peak during the Latin American Boom.
In Tom Crewe’s debut novel The New Life , based on the first tolerant Victorian case studies of homosexuality, sex becomes a touchstone that helps bridge time.
Found in Translation
A painstaking work of linguistic and textual archaeology unravels a forgotten story of pre-Ashkenazi Jews’ presence in medieval eastern Europe and their intellectual contributions.
In a new biography, Friedrich Hayek emerges as a paradoxical figure: a passionate liberal whose most enthusiastic supporters have been conservative.
The Collaborator in Chief
The trial of Marshal Philippe Pétain was also implicitly a trial of the millions of French men and women who may have disliked the German occupation but who compromised with it and obeyed Vichy.
No Endgame in Gaza
After weeks of bombardment and thousands of deaths, what are Netanyahu’s political and ethical limits?
Invasion, Day by Day
Yevgenia Belorusets’s War Diary is rigorous in its focus on the interior life, asking what it means to be at home during a war.
Prelude to Empire
Abdulrazak Gurnah’s novels, whether set in German East Africa or the United Kingdom, never cease to demonstrate how the minutiae of people’s lives have been affected by European colonialism.
Thoughtfully chosen gifts for readers and writers
“ The term “microbiome” was borrowed from the field of ecology, as were the early analytic methods of microbial research, and an environmental ethos persists in discussions of gut health. ”
Cries and Whispers
Throughout her long career, Meredith Monk has pushed beyond verbal language to explore the full potential of the human voice.
November 22, 2023
‘Everything Will Be Alright’
Widely acclaimed as a painter, Kerry James Marshall has long used printmaking as a field of play.
November 21, 2023
Sofia Coppola’s film about Priscilla Presley feels like a document less of romance than of the comforts and dangers of fantasy.
November 18, 2023
Three Men and a Shark
In Ian Shaw’s play about the making of Jaws , the movie’s stars suffer crises of masculinity over long weeks at sea.
Don’t Make Me
November 23, 2023 issue
Rough Slabs of Jade
Free from the Archives
“This real-life Sir Toby Belch, from his base in the aptly named settlement of Merrymount, seems to have taken particular delight in driving first the Pilgrims, then the Puritans, out of their minds.”
The Man Who Was France
“Even the French who found themselves in England did not rush to accept de Gaulle: to the contrary, this remote and chilly figure lunching alone at the Savoy appealed to few of them, and most of the troops who had been evacuated from France that summer eventually made their way back across the Channel and regarded Pétain as the legitimate head of the French government.”
January 16, 2020 issue
The Truth About the Resistance
Who were the resisters, what were they resisting, and what difference did they really make?
February 25, 2016 issue
France Without Glory
“The political authorities born of the Resistance thought it prudent to speak and act as though the Vichy government of 1940–1944 had been a brief, unhappy interlude, a sort of illegitimate interruption of republican continuity…. This unity of purpose, however, was bought at the price of an incomplete confrontation with the memory and experience of the occupation years.”
May 23, 1996 issue
French Collaborators: The New Debate
“A striking fact about the Frenchmen indicted for crimes against humanity is that…each of them had an entirely successful career in France after the war.”
June 25, 1992 issue
What the Little Woman Was Up To
An exhibition of books, ephemera, and realia made by women over the past five hundred years makes tangible the kind of contributions that typically go ignored.
March 26, 2020 issue
Old Wives’ Tales
“The oral contraceptives and abortifacients known to the Greeks and Romans were both effective and also safer than one might have expected.”
November 18, 1993 issue
Darn that Darning
“Despite our view of them as repressed and exploited, we know that nineteenth-century women had contraceptive practices, orgasms, used nursing bottles and abortifacients; in Michigan at one period, one-third of pregnancies were terminated by abortion.”
April 12, 1984 issue
An Abortion War Solution: The Celibacy Amendment
In the interest of equity, the anti-abortion zealots would honor their obsession by proposing a sort of balancing of the human budget: a Celibacy Before Marriage Amendment to the US Constitution. Let us see how that goes down.
June 17, 2019
He Ridiculed the Nazis
The carefree world of Father and Son gives little hint of the fate that would be suffered by its creator, E. O. Plauen, who had become world-famous for his comic strips and was driven to take his own life.
September 14, 2017
The Genius in Exile
“You lose one home after another, I say to myself. Here I am, sitting with my wanderer’s staff. My feet are sore, my heart is tired, my eyes are dry.”
November 6, 2014 issue
The Man with Many Qualities
“From the moment the Reichstag burned in 1933, Robert Musil foresaw how badly Germany was about to betray itself.”
March 18, 1999 issue
Art of a Nasty Time
Nazi art showed how certain already prevalent German traditions and characteristics could be harnessed to the Nazi cause. What is more, they recalled corresponding features in the art of other countries—the kind of tame classicism, flashy Italianate portraiture, sub-Barbizon rusticity, and lumpy earthiness that could be found also in London, Rome, Paris, and New York.
June 26, 1980 issue
A Dance to the Music of Death
Thomas Adès turns fleetingly recognizable musical elements into unstable, volatile substances tending toward evanescence and escape.
May 13, 2021 issue
The Witch Hunters’ Crusade
Why did sixteenth-century investigators of witchcraft place such an inordinate emphasis on demonic sex, and why did they concentrate their inquiries on women?
September 26, 2002 issue
The Hide That Binds
A medical librarian’s history of books covered in human skin.
November 5, 2020 issue
Arthur Kern's Creatures
Arthur Kern’s unsettling, grotesque sculptures bring to mind twins fighting for space within the womb, disembodied heads frozen in cryogenic pods, an astronaut doomed to float forever through outer space.
June 1, 2016
A Day in the Life of Abed Salama
One man’s quest to find his son lays bare the reality of Palestinian life under Israeli rule.
March 19, 2021
The Endless Occupation, a New Understanding
“Today’s reality in Israel-Palestine is at odds with everything the United States claims to stand for.”
March 20, 2021
Israel Without Illusions
“No one who regularly visits the Palestinian territories controlled by Israel has to speculate about whether or not Israel is engaged in the routine abuse of human rights.”
December 17, 2009 issue
“A certain moral imbecility marks all ethnocentric movements. The Others are always either less than human, and thus their interests may be ignored, or more than human and therefore so dangerous that it is right to destroy them.”
August 3, 1967 issue
Basic Principles of Humanity
“Willfully impeding the delivery of relief supplies, in particular life-saving fuel, is a war crime.”
When the Brain Becomes Data
“Ever since we became ‘the product,’ we’ve been trading vast amounts of personal data for the privilege of engaging online.”
November 4, 2023
Where the Mistery Lurkes
“Change remains the lifeblood of literary tradition.”
October 28, 2023
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South Korea’s City of Books
With some 900 book-related businesses, Paju Book City, northwest of Seoul, is an intentional and euphoric celebration of books and the bookmaking process.
By Chang W. Lee and Jin Yu Young
Betty Rollin, Who Wrote Candidly About Her Breast Cancer, Dies at 87
Coping with illness was the subject of a popular memoir, “First, You Cry.” In “Last Wish,” a best seller, she wrote about helping her mother end her life. She chose to end her own life as well.
By Richard Sandomir
9 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
Eat the Rich? How About Dine With Them Instead.
In “Flight of the WASP,” the inveterate dirt-digger Michael Gross gives America’s elite families the white-glove treatment.
By Alexandra Jacobs
Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Who Looked at History From the Bottom Up, Dies at 94
He led a movement that rejected historiography’s traditional emphasis on great events and leaders in favor of mining the “mental universe” of peasants, merchants and clergymen.
By Jonathan Kandell
A Political Convert in the Long Shadow of the Civil War
In “Longstreet,” Elizabeth R. Varon dissects the life and legacy of a Confederate general who became a devoted supporter of Reconstruction.
By Brenda Wineapple
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gay Bar
In “The Bars Are Ours,” Lucas Hilderbrand offers a transcontinental look at a half-century of queer nightlife in America.
By Hari Nef
Bob Contant, Bohemian Bookseller Who Held On, Is Dead at 80
A founder of the St. Mark’s Bookshop in the East Village, he prided himself on stocking titles that were not “too popular” and stayed in business for four decades.
By Sam Roberts
Janet Evanovich Can Laugh at Her Own Mistakes
As her Stephanie Plum series hits a milestone with “Dirty Thirty,” the prolific octogenarian looks back on a few bloopers.
By Elisabeth Egan
Books of The Times
A Life of Milton Friedman Seeks the Nuance in His Free-Market Gospel
The new book by Jennifer Burns aims to bring fresh complexity to our understanding of the Nobel Prize-winning economist.
By Jennifer Szalai
He Carried the Bags (and the Secrets) for the Beatles
A new biography resuscitates the colorful, tragic life of Mal Evans: roadie, confidant, procurer, cowbell player.
In ‘Network of Lies,’ Brian Stelter Builds the Case Against Fox News
His book is a thrilling account of the conspiracy to steal the 2020 election, the attack on the Capitol, Tucker Carlson’s defenestration and more.
By Dwight Garner
‘What’s Cooking in the Kremlin’? A Heady Mix of Propaganda and Paranoia.
The new book by Witold Szablowski features the chefs who were expected to prepare sumptuous meals for Russian leaders — and keep them from being poisoned.
Her Name Is Barbra, but It Wasn’t Always
In a chatty and candid new memoir, Barbra Streisand talks about her early determination to be famous and tallies the hurdles and helpers she met along the way.
Two Novels by Renegade Women
Leah Greenblatt recommends “Meg,” by Theodora Keogh, and “The Glass Cell,” by Patricia Highsmith.
By Chang W. Lee and Jin Yu Young
Magic Man: The Story of the Greatest Point Guard in N.B.A. History
Roland Lazenby’s big biography of Magic Johnson gives us a wealth of detail, a huge cast of characters and, in a way, the tapestry of our time.
By Thomas Beller
By Richard Sandomir
Languages of Love: 3 Children’s Books About Sight, Sound and the Written Word
What children who face eyesight, hearing and literacy challenges can decipher may be limited, but what they appreciate and celebrate knows no bounds.
By Aditi Sriram
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Portals Into the Worlds of a Lonely Pagan, the DeafBlind and the Last Cowpoke
New books detail the lives of a politicking Roman emperor, people who communicate through touch and a man who helped make the American West into legend.
By Anna Heyward
Reading Her Own Audiobook, Jada Pinkett Smith Slaps Back
In “Worthy,” the actor recalls her gritty Baltimore upbringing, her early stardom, her marriage and her mental health.
By Elisabeth Egan
Charles Peters, Founder of The Washington Monthly, Dies at 96
His political journal challenged liberal and conservative orthodoxies for decades.
By Robert D. McFadden
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York Literary Review 2022
We are delighted to announce that York Literary Review is back from hiatus!
York Literary Review is an annual creative writing journal designed to showcase diverse work from talented writers. Since its inception in 2016, the journal has featured trailblazing fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and prose. This year, we intend to invite our writers to make their mark as we embark on a new chapter of the journal, showcasing another year of literary writing.
Our tight-knit team of editors, all York St John MA Publishing students, will be working in association with York Centre For Writing to edit, design, and curate an anthology of the finest creative work that captures the heart of Yorkshire. Our mission is to champion some of the most exciting new and emerging writers from all walks of life.
Valley Press and its imprint Lendal Press, Yorkshire’s leading independent publisher, will print and distribute the journal.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
We’re looking for literary creative fiction and non-fiction, encompassing all things poetry and prose. We accept short stories; short and long-form poems; excerpts from novels, novellas, memoirs, and flash fiction. We aim to create an accessible publication and encourage writers of all demographics to submit, including international submissions.
The theme for the 2022 edition of York Literary Review is Movement. Given this is the York Literary Review, we are looking for some, but not all, pieces to centre on York to some extent.
The team was inspired by York’s standing as a vibrant, progressive city full of movement, from its cobbled streets bustling with tourists to the fast-flowing River Ouse. With a unique heritage that harks back to the bloodiest battles, Roman occupation, the Viking settlement of Jorvik and beyond, York is a city that is constantly in flux. We hope that this theme will enable our writers to reflect on the past, present, and future as we move further away from a year defined by inertia.
Movement could include but is not limited to:
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- Physical movement
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- Transition and fluctuation
- History of York and Historical Movements
- Travel and tourism in York
- Bodies of Water such as the River Foss and Ouse
- A division, passage, or section of music
The theme can be interpreted as literally or abstractly as you desire. We only ask that work does not centre on COVID-19 and any other pandemics.
All submissions must be entirely your own work, previously unpublished, and in English. We will accept submissions under consideration elsewhere, but we ask you to notify us if it is accepted. We will only consider multiple submissions of short works such as poetry and flash fiction, given their length. All rights will be retained by the creator.
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All fiction, including short stories and excerpts from larger works, should not exceed 2000 words . We will accept one piece of fiction writing only.
Flash fiction should not exceed 500 words per piece. We will accept up to four pieces of flash fiction.
Non-fiction pieces including creative non-fiction, essays, and excerpts from larger works should not exceed 2000 words. We will accept one piece of non-fiction only.
Poetry submissions in any form can be up to 60 lines . We will accept up to three poems provided that they do not exceed 60 lines in total.
The submission window for the 2022 edition of York Literary Review will run from 14th February 2022 to 7th March 2022 . Submissions sent outside this window will not be read.
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