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Stepping Out

I was at an Italian restaurant in Melbourne, listening as a woman named Lesley talked about her housekeeper, an immigrant to Australia who earlier that day had cleaned the bathroom countertops with a…
PUBLISHED: June 30, 2014
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2498 words)

Stepping Out

I was at an Italian restaurant in Melbourne, listening as a woman named Lesley talked about her housekeeper, an immigrant to Australia who earlier that day had cleaned the bathroom countertops with a…
PUBLISHED: June 30, 2014
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2498 words)

The Father You Choose

Published in the August 2013 issue Dieter lay in there somewhere, peacefully turning yellow and gray, his troubles over. An hour before, the phone had rung. It was Princeton hospital. My…
LENGTH: 23 minutes (5846 words)
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The Rolling Stone Interview: Bruce Springsteen on 'Born in the U.S.A.'

Bruce Springsteen on the cover of Rolling Stone. Aaron Rapoport
AUTHOR:Kurt Loder
PUBLISHED: Dec. 6, 1984
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2757 words)

explore-blog: Gay Talese’s outline for the 1966...

explore-blog: Gay Talese’s outline for the 1966 classic Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, one of the best long-form magazine pieces ever penned, written on a shirt board.  (↬ The…

An Optimistic (and Clintonian) Case for the Fiscal Cliff Deal

Thank goodness for the House G.O.P. ultras—Eric Cantor, Allen West, Michele Bachmann, Steve Scalise, and the rest of the crazy gang who voted against the fiscal-cliff deal. That’s what…
PUBLISHED: Jan. 4, 2013
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2176 words)

An Open Letter to Wikipedia

I am Philip Roth. I had reason recently to read for the first time the Wikipedia entry discussing my novel “The Human Stain.” The entry contains a serious misstatement that I would like…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 7, 2012
LENGTH: 10 minutes (2631 words)

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

Eighteen months into my job as the first woman director of policy planning at the State Department, a foreign-policy dream job that traces its origins back to George Kennan, I…
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3138 words)

Why Google Isn’t Making Us Stupid…or Smart

Reprinted from The Hedgehog Review 14.1 (Spring 2012). This essay may not be resold, reprinted, or redistributed for compensation of any kind without prior written permission.…
LENGTH: 31 minutes (7938 words)