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Five Questions for Richard Babcock
Posted Apr 15, 2011 at 10:21 AM Richard Babcock Since Richard Babcock announced his decision to step
Length: 3 minutes (978 words)
The Knock at the Door
Chereece Bell in front of her home in Flatbush, Brooklyn. (Photo: Wayne Lawrence) On a spring afternoon, Chereece Bell scrambles to finish the laundry before her 12-year-old son comes home…
Published: Sept. 11, 2011
Length: 3 minutes (795 words)
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Length: 7 minutes (1780 words)
Gandhi and South Africa
At the end of March, the Indian state of Gujarat banned the printing and distribution of Joseph Lelyvelds Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India. The ban was proposed by the states…
Length: 15 minutes (3905 words)
The Perils of Pauline
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Author: Renata Adler
Published: Aug. 14, 1980
Length: 2 minutes (559 words)
Night Thoughts of a Baffled Humanist
This essay is adapted from When I Was a Child I Read Books, forthcoming in the spring from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Marilynne Robinson. Recently a friend sent me a composite photograph of…
Length: 30 minutes (7658 words)
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Havel's Specter: On Václav Havel
“A specter is haunting Eastern Europe,” the Czech playwright Václav Havel wrote in 1978, “the specter of what in the West is called ‘dissent.’” In echoing the…
Length: 18 minutes (4692 words)
A Tale of Two Robert Caro Profiles
The LBJ Library and Museum What constitutes a “long read” when Robert Caro is the subject? After all, the LBJ biographer’s first book, The Power Broker, about New York…
Length: 5 minutes (1274 words)
Raised Not to Hope Too Hard
Sherley Anne Williams was delighted when the New York Times listed her novel on its recommended reading list. The book had gone into a third printing, and her publisher had nominated the novel for a…
Published: April 13, 2000
Length: 6 minutes (1662 words)
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