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Sue Halpern
The Bull’s-Eye on Your Thoughts

Today digital privacy exists only at the discretion of the companies that mediate our online engagement. But what happens when those companies, an employer, school administrators, or the government has access to our neural data?

Ingrid D. Rowland
‘A Great Glory to Wealth’

Like so many of the Tuscan banker Agostino Chigi’s undertakings, the Villa Farnesina burst through all the old categories—social, architectural, and cultural—for a merchant’s house.

Mark Danner
The Grievance Artist

If Trump has a genius, it is his ability to shape, often out of his own self-made follies and recklessness and crimes, a narrative that relentlessly reaffirms his grim story of an us-versus-them America.

The Anabasis of Godspeed

a poem by 
Ishion Hutchinson

The sun smote him by night. He was writing a letter to his father in ENGLAND: “Dear . . .” the stars mirrored what he wrote but kept their distance. He shook his jam jar of fireflies blinky blinks and heard heavy cannonade blasting from the direction of HEREIRA…

 

Alma Guillermoprieto
Ghosts of Aracataca

In a series of early short stories and novellas based on his childhood memories, Gabriel García Márquez found the style, voice, and sense of place that culminate in One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Ben Rhodes
Gaza: The Cost of Escalation

The consequences of the US’s vengeful reaction to September 11 should remind us of the risks of responding to violence with greater violence.

Free from the Archives

In the magazine’s March 28, 1991, issue, David M. Perlmutter reviewed Oliver Sacks’s Seeing Voices: A Journey into the World of the Deaf, a personal and scientific recounting of Sacks’s “journey from the pathological to the linguistic-cultural view of deafness.”

David M. Perlmutter
The Language of the Deaf

“Superficially, sign languages appear very different from oral languages…. It may even seem that sign languages have no grammar at all. Only when they are analyzed as systems—when sentences and individual signs are broken are broken down into their component parts, revealing the ways those parts are combined—can we see how much they resemble oral languages.”

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