“Ever since I was five years old,” wrote opera singer–turned–Buddhist lama Alexandra David-Néel, “I craved to go beyond the garden gate, to follow the road that passed it by, and to se...
How Cecelia Watson learned to stop worrying and love the semicolon.
What a 19th-century scammer can teach us about women, lying, and economic boom-and-bust cycles
Early electric cars performed better in cities than internal combustion vehicles, but didn’t give riders the same illusion of freedom and masculine derring-do.
Summer Brennan considers the art and ritual of reinvention in the history of Notre Dame cathedral, and its witness to a Parisian millennium.
While envisioning the darkest of futures and grappling with mortality, the English writer retreated to an idyllic Scottish isle to write Nineteen Eighty-Four.
In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston gave Langston Hughes a lift to Tuskegee in her Nash coupe, nicknamed “Sassy Susie.” It was one of most fortuitous hangouts in literary history.
In 1935, a group of New York communists boarded a German luxury liner during a lavish sending-off party attended by celebrities, Rockefellers, and Roosevelts. Their goal: capture the swastika.
On two tours of the South, taken 20 years apart, Pete Candler uncovers truths about his family and the place he comes from.
This month's books newsletter has a lot to say about pasts and futures, and how lineages stretch across time.