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Guardian Of The Glaciers
Formed of a living god, Himālaya, supremeRaja of the Mountains, rises in the northand bathing in the western and the eastern oceansstretches out like a rod that could measure the earth. — Kālidāsa (translated from the Sanskrit by Hank Heifetz) HUM
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The Freedom in Confinement
ONE OF OUR PRIME REASONS for reading prose fiction is to get outside, to travel, and to learn about how people think and feel who are different from us. The familiar defense of the novel as an education in empathy and otherness follows from this, as
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Five Sonnets
When I peel potatoes, I put my head down,as if I am still following orders and being loyalto my commander. I feel a connection acrosstime to others putting their heads downin fatigued thought, as if this most naturalact signified living the way I wan
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Adrift in Sunlit Night
ON AN INTENSELY BRIGHT morning in June, I find myself roaming the streets of St. Petersburg, looking for the 19th century. I have always meant to roam the city. That’s what I thought you did in St. Petersburg. You shut your door, head downstairs, cat
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WHEN MY TWO LITTLE GIRLS were very young, I made them both wear Dutch caps. I don’t remember where I found the bonnets, but I recall that they were pretty. White with some blue embroidery, they covered the ears and tied conveniently under the chin. I
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Stitches in Time
INSOFAR AS RELIGION CONCERNS a theory of an afterlife—and let’s face it, anything else amounts to philosophy—I lost what remained of my religious faith when I inherited my mother’s needlepoint purse. The purse is what we used to call a clutch. I reme
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My brother William, 10 years old to my 13, visibly shook in the big feather bed and gave me his famous zombie gaze; he had a way of somehow flattening his face so that his dark brown eyes, science-fictionally wet at all times, nailed you—a look of di
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Two Prophets And An Angel
IN 1510, 27-YEAR-OLD Raphael Sanzio became the talk of Renaissance Rome. His commission to paint two frescoes on the walls of the private apartments of Pope Julius II—which were anything but private—had led to an exclusive engagement to decorate the
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Viral Days
IF LIFE AS WE HAVE COME TO KNOW IT in the past few months has led you to ponder your new relationship to the world, then perhaps a few articles herein will aid you in this pursuit, as they have me. In “Guardian of the Glaciers,” a report by Alex Basa
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Words Preserved Against a Day of Fear
JOSEPH BRODSKY WOULD HAVE turned 80 in May, but anyone who knew him in the 1980s or ’90s would find it absurd to imagine him as an octogenarian. His robust presence, which commanded any room back then, was incompatible with the idea of his shrinking
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Reading “No Ghost in the Machine” in the Spring issue of the SCHOLAR, I waited in vain for Mark Halpern to establish the salient features of human thought, of which he declares robots not capable. Underlying his reasoning is the idea of our self-awa
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How We Came Together
THE ANTHROPOLOGIST Sally Falk Moore thought that some portion of legal reasoning was really masquerade. Studying colonial East Africa, she found that legal changes billed as rational reforms were, when viewed over a century, simply mirroring economic
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A Fragile Peace
THE WAR OVER Western Sahara might be the world’s least-known long-term conflict. For more than four decades, an ethnic Sahrawi state-in-exile has been struggling, without success, for international recognition while waging a daily battle for survival
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A Lifelong Habit of Being
DAYS AFTER THE 9/11 attacks, Susan Sontag noted the frequency with which the hijackers were being charged with cowardice: “[W]hatever may be said of the perpetrators of Tuesday’s slaughter,” she insisted in The New Yorker, “they were not cowards.” So
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Works In Progress
In 2014, New York–based photographer Natalie Keyssar traveled to Venezuela to document a growing wave of antigovernment protests. She immediately fell in love with the country, and what began as a routine news assignment grew into an ongoing photo se
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Our Feathered Friends
GABRIELLE NEVITT GREW up enthralled with birds. Not just the birds at the feeder or in the woods near her home. She knew birds intimately—because they lived with her in her house. She carried a pet bantam rooster around like a doll. She remembers the
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Journey Interrupted
Before turning against the fascists, the writer MARIO RIGONI STERN (1921–2008), a native of Asiago, in the northeast of Italy, served as a sergeant in Mussolini’s army. The experience informed his haunting memoir, The Sergeant in the Snow, the first
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The People’s Gallery
IN THE LOUVRE, American architecture critic James Gardner aims to tell the story of this complex Paris building by proceeding along three fronts: architectural, institutional, and historical. Immense culture, a tight grasp of chronology, and a steady
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What Time Is It?
THE AGE OF THE EARTH has intrigued people for a long time. Aristotle thought that our planet had existed forever, while a careful reading of biblical accounts suggested to theologians that it was created in 4004 BCE. In modern times, radiometric dati
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Mysterious Inheritance
SAY WHAT YOU WILL about communism, it had a way of fooling a lot of smart people. For a long time, it was as much an opiate of the intellectuals as—to quote its cofounder, Karl Marx—religion was an opiate of the masses. There’s no better example than
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Looking Back From The End Of The World
FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, when my daughter was about to turn two, my wife and I took her on a trip to Walden Pond. As we approached the place where Henry David Thoreau’s cabin once stood, with my daughter riding up on my shoulders, I said to her: “That’s wh
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Commonplace Book
After every war someone has to tidy up. — Wisława Szymborska, “The End and the Beginning,” 1993 The road, just in front of the sidewalk where I sat and played jacks, would be ankle-deep in dust, and seemed to drink up the moonlight like folds of ve
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The Patriot Slave
DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, four times more black Americans served as loyalists to the Crown than served as patriots. They joined the British in high numbers in response to promises of emancipation. And yet the enduring memory of black participat
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American Places
Susan P. Puelz teaches art and art history at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Much of her work depicts settings in the Midwest, where she was born and raised—for example, this work from 2018, The Neighbors Farm After Wolf Kahn (watercolor and pa
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Progress Report
For the past three years, the life expectancy of Americans has been decreasing, and Steven Woolf, a professor of population health at Virginia Commonwealth University, is trying to figure out why. He’s skeptical of the hypothesis that attributes this
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Making Their Voices Heard
WE AMERICANS LOVE the myths about our nation’s past. We pretend to be a land of unlimited opportunity, despite a painful legacy of discrimination based on the unholy trinity of race, class, and gender. We celebrate abstract notions of natural rights,
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Trade Winds
Andre Drummond is in a funk. His coaches see it. Opposing teams see it. Anyone with a pair of eyeballs can see it. The trade chatter in recent weeks has crept into Drummond’s head. —Sports Illustrated, January 17, 2020 LESS THAN AN HOUR into the wee
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Poet Of The Newsroom
NEARLY A CENTURY ago, Stanley Walker, city editor of the New York Herald Tribune, was a living legend of journalism, a hard-eyed Texan who wrote about the speakeasies and ruckus of New York City. He foretold the future of other living legends in his
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No Ghost In The Machine
It is desirable to guard against the possibility of exaggerated ideas that might arise as to the powers of the Analytical Engine. In considering any new subject, there is frequently a tendency, first, to overrate what we find to be already interestin
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