June 17, 2015 – The composer and pianist Gerald Busby on the famously louche (and recently sold) Chelsea Hotel.
May 20, 2015 – In a grumpy midnight mood, this too-frequent pundit made a list of the types of op-eds that he will avoid.
May 15, 2015 – No one made a guitar talk as King did—as an extension of his entire soul, an instrument of human expression.
April 16, 2015 – One might see the Icelandic coffee cult as one case of a too-little-touched-on aspect of the human comedy: our tactical amnesia about trade.
April 8, 2015 – He is the most emotionally rewarding and wide-ranging of all American singers. But Sinatra resistance is still found in surprising corners.
February 23, 2015 – Richard Avedon’s photography was visually arousing and still within The New Yorker’s vision of itself.
November 17, 2014 – A new biography by Richard Zoglin will make even Hope-haters curious about his good early work.
September 24, 2014 – The Franklin expedition has long provided the single most eventful mythological moment in Canada’s admittedly not-exactly-limitlessly mythologized history.
September 3, 2014 – What made the “Sopranos” ending unique, if not original, was not the absolutism of its ambiguity but the clarity of its choice.
July 20, 2014 – The language of adolescents is an instance of compression in balance with concision. What sounds limited to the outsider is as nuanced as Henry James.
June 20, 2014 – Pluto, it seems, may be accepted back into the club of planets.
March 19, 2014 – “1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed” adds an archaic flavor to the current stew of apprehension about where the world is going.
January 22, 2014 – A word of praise for two books eclipsed by the films they inspired.
October 1, 2013 – With the sudden appearance of a “liberal” Pope, there may be no more serendipitous moment to be thinking again about the writer J. F. Powers.
August 27, 2013 – Whence, and where, and why the English major? The subject is in every mouth—or, at least, is getting kicked around agitatedly in columns and reviews and Op-Ed pieces.
August 16, 2013 – Even if the new approach to drug-offender sentencing is the first decisive small stone pitched against a national shame, its specific effect on the imprisoned will still be minimal.
May 9, 2011 – On the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Adam Gopnik examines the legacy of the Civil War in the North.