The New York Review Turns Sixty
October 12, 2023
An Act of Admiration: Editing The New York Review
October 12, 2023
Where the Elite Meet to Mate
February 9, 2013
On Robert Silvers
Nineteen writers remember The New York Review’s editor.
May 11, 2017 issue
Barbara Epstein (1928–2006)
August 10, 2006 issue
Every Eckermann His Own Man
“The NYR made it possible for those writers who don’t necessarily have to knock out instant Opinion pieces for money to develop themes that interested them or—the task of criticism—allowed them the space in which to illuminate the work of a forgotten or misunderstood writer.”
October 27, 1988 issue
Our 60th Anniversary
For our anniversary cover, James McMullan painted the building where he worked for many years with Milton Glaser. Their former studio is now the Review’s new home. See the Table of Contents for the full issue here.
Man’s Biggest Friend
The origins of the elephant–human relationship date back into prehistory.
November 21, 2019 issue
Octopus: The Footed Void
The closer you look at an octopus, the more you see.
April 30, 2013
Migration’s demands on birds are as daunting mentally as they are physically.
February 25, 2021 issue
Requiem for a Heavyweight
In Fathoms, Rebecca Giggs tries to comprehend the fact that whales now literally embody their increasingly polluted world.
August 19, 2021 issue
To enjoy the company of a cat, we must be prepared to forgo our dominant pack leader role, and adopt a more modest position.
November 3, 1994 issue
Critical views from the archive
Do novelists, and their readers, bear some responsibility for the climate crisis?
July 21, 2022 issue
A Hotter Russia
The cliché, avidly promoted by Moscow, is that Russia will be a relative winner in climate change, but a new book argues that the country will find itself in trouble.
June 23, 2022 issue
From the Archives
Books and Bookstores
Misleading optical effects, half-waking dreams, sleep paralysis, tricks of memory, paranoid delusions, temporal lobe lesions, intoxication, fraud, and faddism are abundantly familiar to us, whereas the UFO thesis flouts the known laws of nature at every turn.
June 25, 1998 issue
A Close Encounter
So we arrive at Francis Crick’s directed panspermia hypothesis: a few billion years ago, a technically advanced extraterrestrial civilization sent a rocket carrying a diversity of bacteria to Earth. The rocket discharged its cargo into the primeval soup, where the tiny creatures were fruitful and multiplied.
December 3, 1981 issue
The Third Coming
“For those who cannot believe in the Second Coming, or the Messianic hopes of orthodox Judaism, there are the UFOs! If the earth is being visited by extraterrestrials, surely the aliens must be friendly or by now we would have learned otherwise.”
January 26, 1978 issue
The Lie of American Asylum
Three new books offer searing portraits of the people affected by family separations and the criminalization of asylum in the Trump era.
November 5, 2020 issue
The deportation system held sway over immigrant communities long before Trump became president, but under his direction it has become even more far-reaching, arbitrary, and cruel.
October 8, 2020 issue
First Among Equals
“Vermeer prompts us to look at his handiwork. In the foreground, white and red paint—conjuring threads escaping from the woman’s sewing cushion—appears as if dribbled on the canvas.”
February 7, 2019 issue
The Mysterious Women of Vermeer
Vermeer has a mind-boggling technique for transferring visual sensations from eye to canvas as if without the hand’s intervention. Color has somehow wafted down, as leaves might on water, and cohered automatically into threads and ringlets and cushions.
December 22, 2011 issue
“To read about Johannes Vermeer and to look at his pictures is sometimes to think you have entered a fairy-tale domain. There’s an Arabian Nights flavor about a painter who leaves so few traces of himself.”
May 31, 2001 issue
The Housing Vultures
The investors who exploited the 2008 financial crisis are dictating the bailout of this one.
June 11, 2020 issue
America’s Eviction Epidemic
Across the country, millions of people are facing eviction as protections in place for the pandemic have lapsed.
September 16, 2020
How NYC Is Zoning Out the Human Scale
This is a New York story only for now. Upzonings and transfers of newly created air rights are occurring in cities around the country. When it comes to real estate, New York City may lead the way, but others follow in time.
December 30, 2019
There is about Maine a fascinating softness that seems to spread like a blanket over the hardness of rock and woods and icy turf. Not a tropical softness, but the odd snowy lassitude of isolation.
October 7, 1971 issue
The Vigilantes of Vermont
In 1777 Vermonters declared themselves citizens of an independent republic and ratified one of the most liberal, egalitarian constitutions in American history. How did a populist movement led by a violent, charismatic figure give birth to a stable democratic society?
April 5, 2012 issue
Americans’ captivation with wilderness springs from a deep source of anxiety and hope; an abiding belief in valuable myths of independence and personal enterprise that appear to survive in the frontier.
March 23, 1978 issue
While Chicago has long been known as the “City of the Big Shoulders,” what has mattered from the outset is that it has had a brain on those shoulders: a technological and commercial mind and a reforming, even a socially creative, intellect.
October 21, 1993 issue
The Real Texas
People go to Texas seeking fortunes, hoping to find a place somewhere between what is real and what is myth; it is strange and disturbing that this hope resembles the feeling that brought Anglo settlers, along with the people they enslaved, into the region so long ago.
October 24, 2019 issue
The Golden Land
The overland crossing to California has long had the aspect of a quest, and residents have dwelled upon the place and its meaning since the first remote settlement: What did that voyage ultimately mean?
October 21, 1993 issue
Where Health Care Is a Human Right
How does the single-payer system work in Canada, and does it need reform?
November 19, 2020 issue
What Ails America
Although I did not understand this then, I had a severe infection in my liver. I was in a condition known as sepsis; death was close.
September 3, 2020
Health Care: The Best and the Rest
Ezekiel Emanuel’s new book makes a comparative study of eleven of the world’s health care systems. Who are the winners and losers?
October 22, 2020 issue
Cancer Under Capitalism
In ‘The Undying,’ Anne Boyer rejects the conventions of the cancer memoir in favor of a manifesto.
November 5, 2020 issue
On Breaking One’s Neck
A doctor’s near-death experience and what it reveals about the US medical care system
February 6, 2014 issue
Putting Profits Ahead of Patients
Health care in the US is enormously costly, often in ways that are baffling not only to patients but to doctors themselves.
July 13, 2017 issue
Why Is Medicine So Expensive?
The system of prescription drug pricing is a patchwork product of history, vulnerable to manipulation by the pharmaceutical industry.
February 21, 2019 issue
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