What’s wrong with getting everything we want? In our new cover story, Paul Roberts suggests, “It was only by enduring adversity, disappointment, and delayed gratification that humans gained the strength, knowledge, and perspective that are essential to sustainable mastery.” Take that, same-day delivery.
The Last Works of Conrad, Dostoyevsky, Gide … Every writer eventually faces the question: Is there anything left to say?
Today Brian Doyle remembers a moment at a New York City automat in All Possible Pie: “My father laughed the way he still laughs to this day, like a mountain rumbling with amusement.”
"In the half-century since that crazy night, I have often contemplated how different American and world history would have been if we had stayed at the judge’s house for yet another drink."
—Ernest Fergurson, LBJ’s Wild Ride, a favorite from our archive
Imagine receiving writing advice from your idol. In today’s Writing Lessons, biographer Annette Gordon-Reed remembers a key moment with James Baldwin.
Headed to a class reunion this year? Read Willard Spiegelman’s Proust Goes to the Country Club, just unlocked from our Summer 2014 issue.
Our crowdsourced sonnet is complete! Now poetry editor David Lehman calls for your best haiku for Next Line, Please. He’ll choose the best 5-7-5 on Tuesday.
A reading enthusiast lists his favorite 100 American novels (we were pleased to see Yates on the list). Some of his picks may surprise you.
Ben Yagoda lists seven things writers can learn from standup comedians today in Writing Lessons.
Try your hand at our crowdsourced sonnet, curated by Best American Poetry series editor David Lehman. We’re on line 10 of the sonnet that began, “How like a prison is my cubicle.”
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