Our editor reviews Adam Begley’s new biography of John Updike, pictured here in 1964 (Photo by Irving Fisk)
Remembering the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox”
What’s the best sentence ever written? We’ve compiled 10 of our favorites, and our readers have suggested quotes by everyone from Tolstoy to J.K. Rowling. Listen to us on NPR and tell us your favorite sentence.
We need a euphemism for “eating heart-hostile food.” Also, how to put it politely when you move back in with your parents? Enter our word contest featured every issue in Back Talk.
Joseph Mitchell’s Up in the Old Hotel, Dawn Powell’s The Locusts Have No King, and more recommendations from a tried-and-true list from book critic Michael Dirda
Are any words precise? Jessica Love thinks not.
Our science columnist, Josie Glausiusz, explains why the Copenhagen Zoo killed a two-year-old giraffe and fed its body to the lions.
From our spring issue’s cover story by James McWilliams: “Nobody is envisioning the immediate liberation of farm animals. We will never realistically face a scenario in which the billions of animals we now kill for food roam the landscape in search of sanctuary. But what we can envision—and what the Food Movement should envision—is a radical shift in agricultural practice initiated by a radical shift in what enlightened consumers agree not to eat.”
Happy birthday, John Steinbeck.
Brian Doyle on the finest writers from his home state of Oregon: Ken Kesey, Ursula Le Guin, Barry Lopez, Beverly Cleary, and Stewart Holbrook