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July 30, 15

This ode to the essay is from Charles D'Ambrosio's Loitering: New and Collected Essays, a finalist for the 2015 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Read More  »

July 30, 15

Read an essay from Ian Buruma's Theater of Cruelty, winner of the 2015 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. Read More  »

May 7, 15

When a person dies strange angels in whites suits appear. At first the people tried to chase them away, now they watch while the angels perform their rituals, cleansing the house and the corpse with chlorine. Read More  »

May 6, 15

Rock music inspires achievement, struggle, action. It thunders in the stadium—We will rock you!—and sends us out on the field cheering, ready to play the Super Bowl. A better prayer than this would be a rock song. Read More  »

May 6, 15

Let the oceans be still or roar, as they always have. Please let the world go on as it always has, so that my children will know that only my spark has dimmed and not the entire world. Read More  »

May 6, 15

If my mother’s right and Allah exists, he would surely only understand Arabic and wouldn’t bother to read my writings in Hebrew. If God can read Hebrew, then apparently the Jews are right and one way or the other I go to hell. Read More  »

April 23, 15

This article examines Turkish efforts to deny the Armenian Genocide of 1915–17, explores why intellectuals might engage in the denial of known genocides, and reflects on the relationship between scholars and truth. Read More  »

April 15, 15

Armenians were neither passive nor submissive victims, but the power to decide their fate was largely out of their hands. A “great inequality in agency” existed between Young Turks and their armed agents and the segmented and dispersed Armenians. Read More  »

October 9, 14

For many years China has been a prototype for countries trying to control and censor the Internet, but it seems that censorship in China has reached the end of the road; recently, they seem to have managed to censor the entire Internet. Read More  »

October 3, 14

And yet, I was only half Italian. I was only half Catholic. I was only half open to these ideas. I was only half. What could make me whole? I stayed up at night thinking of hell, trying to reconcile the demands of purity with my disbelief. Read More  »