“Modern writing at its worst does not consist in picking out words for the sake of their meaning and inventing images in order to make the meaning clearer. It consists in gumming together long strips of words which have already been set in order by someone else, and making the results presentable by sheer humbug.”
Arts & Culture
Wednesday, March 6
A son tries to make sense of his mother’s end.
Friday, March 1
Wednesday, February 27
The diarist and photographer Peter Beard, known both for his series documenting a mass elephant starvation and for discovering the supermodel Iman on a Nairobi street, reflects on his life of “drugs, debt, and beautiful women” while recovering from being trampled by an elephant.
Tuesday, February 26
Monday, February 25
How the CIA used a fake science fiction film to sneak six Americans out of revolutionary Iran. The declassified story that became Ben Affleck’s Argo.
Saturday, February 23
Shanghai, in 1989 and 2013. Excerpted from A History of Future Cities.
Thursday, February 21
Lessons from the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art.
Wednesday, February 20
Inside the battle for how America snacks.