Colm Toíbín once remarked that Thomas Mann was gay “most of the time.” When he wasn’t, he fathered six children with his wife Katia. The first was Erik…
My disenchantment with the ambition industry and the violence of professional success had brought me here. My hopelessly romantic need to live like a t…
Why have hermits and thinkers gone to the forest to surrender to its stillness? There is a connection between forest life and creativity, whether spiri…
Mehmed Paa Sokolovi Bridge in Višegrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Photo by Hristo Rusev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
At its most elevated, Seminary Co-op Director Jeff Deutsch’s defense of the “cultural good” of bookselling becomes a defense of a whole constellation o…
The Seminary Co-op began as an improvisation and became an institution. How a bookstore staked a claim for bookselling as a cultural mission.
Ingrid is alone on a small Norwegian island called Barroy. She’s away from her friends and family, and she hasn’t spoken out loud for weeks. She doesn’…
Tompkins Square Park was at the center of everything. It was where I made my friends, and it was where my mother made hers. All the bohemian mothers gr…
When I was a student in East Germany in the seventies, the suspicion that there was something wrong with the language of my school days, the German of …
Dear Yusef, The story I tell most often about poetry begins with the hole. A contraband copy of Dudley Randall’s Black Poets slipped under my cell door…
by Ann Kjellberg, editor   Some chapters in the life of the book that used to be offstage sprang into public view in the last few weeks, raising questi…
Ethel Rosenberg, mug shot. U.S. National Archives and Record Administration, for the Southern Judicial District of New York, via Wikimedia Commons