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Celebrating 50 Years

50th Anniversary

In February 1963, The New York Review of Books published its first issue, during a printer’s strike that had shut down seven New York City newspapers. Since then its in-depth essays on the arts, literature, politics, science, and history have established it as, in Esquire's phrase, “the premier literary-intellectual magazine in the English language.” This special section of our website, devoted to the 50th Anniversary, features talks with longtime contributors, selected reviews from past issues, reminiscences from former staff members, photographs and videos, and documents from the Review archives, as well as an interactive timeline of the Review’s first fifty years. We hope you enjoy this year-long celebration.

  1. It’s Alive!

    Over the years contributors to The New York Review have looked at the birth of mechanical life, the question of whether computers may be said to “live” at all, and the ways in which technology might, someday, grow up. A selection of readings on these subjects is presented here.

    More » | April 1, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

  2. Medicine and Mistrust

    Zach Maher

    The New York Review has published many articles on what Jerome Groopman calls our “culture of suspicion,” the widespread unease with expertise and mistrust of authority that complicates relations between doctors and patients. A selection of these articles is presented here.

    More » | February 25, 2015, 5:30 p.m.

  3. The Life of the Sea

    A study published in the journal Science this week found that humans have “profoundly affected marine wildlife,” and that current trends suggest that the loss of marine animal life will “rapidly intensify as human use of the oceans industrializes.” We present here a selection of articles on the beauty and complexity of the marine life under threat and on human exploration of the sea.

    More » | January 18, 2015, noon

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