Our August 17 issue—the Summer Issue—is online now, with Madeleine Schwartz on les rats de Paris, Andrew O’Hagan on Succession, Sean Wilentz on Timothy McVeigh and the Republicans, Michelle Nijhuis on the great beasts of America, Ed Park on Ágota Kristóf, Ursula Lindsey on the fallout in Beirut, Larry Wolff on Don Giovanni, Adom Getachew on Africa and the world, Laurence Tribe on the Supreme Court, poems by A.E. Stallings and Peter Gizzi, and much more.
Critics of the Supreme Court think it has lost its claim to legitimacy. But proposals for reforming it must strike a balance with preserving its power and independence, which remain essential to our constitutional system.
For centuries the study of optics and the use of invisibility in science fiction have developed side by side, each inspiring the other.
Jane and Maria Porter wrote wildly successful historical novels that were cribbed by Walter Scott, but they never found financial security and only now have recieved their first biography.
Opera’s most famous libertine, who embodies freedom not only from social and political constraints but from sexuality, religion, and morality itself, has always been a disturbing figure.