May 10, 16

For a literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. Read More  »

March 25, 16

"Rain and two more of its wondrous pride—clouds and rainbows—have inspired writers, painters, and poets for thousands of years. Ho­mer’s Iliad is thick with clouds, as is much of the ancients’ poetry and prose." Read More  »

March 25, 16

"Laki spewed out more sulfur dioxide—about 122 million tons of it—than any other eruption in the past 1,000 years. That’s more than enough to wreak climate havoc well beyond Iceland and the rest of Europe." Read More  »

March 25, 16

"Instead of instinctively doing what most parents would regard as common sense—keeping their child away from things that could kill him—Tiffany and Kenneth shifted to what was essentially a 'trust but verify' policy." Read More  »

March 25, 16

"If everyone in the world ate as much meat as Americans do (176 pounds per person per year), we’d need to find another planet to raise the feed and fodder for all our livestock." Read More  »

December 29, 15

Tibet on Fire is Tsering Woeser's account of the oppression Tibetans face and the ideals driving those who resist. Read More  »

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  »


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