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This record label is bringing live poetry back to vinyl

When American poet Alice Notley was very young, she used to sit in front of the radio and just listen. When she got older, she began to hear words …

The transcendental world of Emily Dickinson, in a single poem

The pain Emily Dickinson describes is pain you might initially be able to ignore. But it’s relentless.<p><b>This World is not Conclusion</b><p>This World is not …

The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “student-centered classroom” and I almost chuckled. I had always believed my classroom was about the …

Teaching

Take this free course from Yale on the American novel

Like going to college without the student loans<p>Looking for a new way (other than Netflix perhaps) to unwind after work? You might consider taking …

Yeats and 'The Symbolism of Poetry'

Irish Giant's Classic Take on Key Poetic Device<p>One of the greatest poets of the 20th century and a recipient of the Nobel Prize, William Butler Yeats …

Literature
New Orleans

Impressionism Versus Traditional Art: Thoughts of a Commercial Photographer

Whether you think about conceptual art, impressionism, or high fashion, they are all deviations from the traditional art expressions. Is the emperor …

Zora Neale Hurston: “A Genius of the South”

FOR PEOPLE BORN since at least the mid-1960s, the first encounter with Zora Neale Hurston was likely reading her second novel, <i>Their Eyes Were</i> …

The Case for Solitude

Henry David Thoreau is something of a poster child for solitude. In his essay “Walking,” published just after his death in our June 1862 issue, Thoreau made the case “for absolute freedom and wildness … to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of Nature, rather than a member of society”:<p>…

Social Media

Kahlil Gibran’s ‘On Pain’ Explains the Necessity of Heartbreak

I return to Kahlil Gibran’s <i>The Prophet</i> in every season of my life. Maybe it’s because, as a Lebanese person, my father handed me Gibran’s best-known body of work before I was even old enough to grasp its philosophy. But I love the thin book of poetry because it’s organized by subject, meant to …

Pain

Waiting and Wanting in John Keats’s ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’

Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,<p>At sixteen, I was captivated by this image: two dazzled lovers clasped in each other's arms, the couple captured just star-sparkled moments before their fateful kiss. So was Keats. In “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” the Romantic poet speaks to the classical scenes …

Literature

Warsan Shire’s Lesson ‘For Women Who Are “Difficult” to Love’

Like most poems, “For Women Who Are ‘Difficult’ to Love” is best read aloud. There’s audio floating around online of the poet, Warsan Shire, reciting it in a near-whisper, as if she recorded it in a shared space and didn’t want the person in the next room to overhear. It works. It makes it …

Time I

The Violence of a Ticking Clock in Sylvia Plath’s ‘Monologue at 3 a.m.’

While everyone else slept, I’d be awake, sitting alone under the ugly tube light in the common room of my freshman dorm. I must have seemed like I was working hard, and to be fair, I was trying. But as the sun would rise, my heart would sink at the realization that somehow, I’d done it again. Night …

Literature

The Quiet, All-Consuming Love in Pablo Neruda's Sonnet XVII

I first read Pablo Neruda’s collection of 100 love sonnets when I was 11 or 12, and I remember dog-earing the page of my library-book copy on Sonnet XVII. I hadn’t been in love yet, and didn’t have any real-life feelings with which to frame or understand the poem. Yet something about it tugged at …

Literature

Sage, Ink: Boys’ Club

Copyright

Thoughts on Gene Editing From the Science Community

Our next group of correspondents stood out due to their vocations: In one way or another, their chosen careers brought them into the subculture of scientific thinking. These readers tended to be more favorably disposed to gene editing than others.<p>Take this reader, a “semi-retired school …

Genetics

The Pro-Choice Case Against Mandatory Gene Editing

A reader reflects on our ongoing series:<p>There’s a circle I absolutely cannot square:I am a strong advocate of abortion rights. I believe women have the right to conceive or not conceive and to abort a pregnancy for almost any reason. Somehow, the intuition which causes me to adopt that position …

Genetics

A Reality Check for Gene-Editing Ethics

A graduate student in public health and bioethics has misgivings about whether debating a future technology like gene editing is worthwhile:<p>All of these questions, in my opinion, become wasted energy, because we can’t even DO this yet. And none of them matter, because you haven’t addressed the much …

Genetics

Does Technology Aid Political Action or Distract From It?

This month, as part of our ongoing series about how technology is transforming civic life, we asked readers to share their own thoughts on two important questions: Is technology hurting democracy? And can technology help save democracy?<p>One reader, John, worries that passively expressing support for …

South Carolina

Should Parents Who Refuse to Edit Their Babies' Genes Be Punished?

As I wrote a few weeks ago, advances in biotechnology could make this a pressing question in the near future—and under certain conditions, this reader’s answer is yes:<p>My gut instinct is that I would lean towards punishment if the parents were to have the fetus tested for genetic abnormalities and …

Genetics

Poem of the Week: ‘Bored’ by Margaret Atwood

Whether because of the political events currently unfolding in America, the debut of the much-discussed Hulu adaptation in April, or a combination of the two, Margaret Atwood’s <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>, first published in 1985, has recently climbed back to the top of bestseller lists. Set in a dystopian …

Literature

Poem of the Week: ‘Beauty and the Shoe Sluts’ by Mary Karr

Last year, Mary Karr criticized high heels in an acerbically funny <i>New Yorker</i> piece, concluding with an appeal to women to shed their uncomfortable shoes:<p>Oh, womenfolk, as we once burned our bras could we not torch the footwear crucifying us? … Our feet and spines will unknot, and high heels will …

High Heels

Poem of the Week: ‘Wants’ by Edith Wharton

Before she was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Edith Wharton was unpublished and unmarried Edith Jones, a young writer still developing the “sharp eye” that British novelist Margaret Drabble praised in her short stories and the “empathy and ambivalence” that our own Ta-Nehisi Coates found, and …

Literature

Austen in the Archives

This week at <i>The Atlantic</i> we’re marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death with a celebration of her life and legacy. Our cofounder Ralph Waldo Emerson might have been less than enthused about these digital festivities; as Lee Siegel reported in our January 1998 issue:<p>Austen irritated …

Literature

Watching ‘​​​​​​​Pride and Prejudice’ While Falling Out of Love

In the early winter of 2006, I was living with my soon-to-be ex-boyfriend. We’d recently moved into a beautifully renovated Brooklyn brownstone that we called the “Penthouse” because it was on the top floor of a four-story walk up. Despite this new beginning, our love had grown stale—it felt like …

Pride and Prejudice

Your Favorite Jane Austen Adaptations

Last week we asked readers to share: What’s your favorite Jane Austen-related adaptation? Or, if you prefer: What’s your least favorite? What film versions of the novels fill you with joy, or wonder, or ire? What TV shows or web series do you find compelling and true to Austen’s insights?<p>And: You …

Literature

Poem of the Week: ‘The Death of Slavery’ by William Cullen Bryant

This year I’ve spent my working hours in a distant American past, reading contemporaneous accounts of abolitionism, civil war, and Reconstruction in the deepest reaches of our archives.<p>Over the last few months this position has sometimes felt disjointed from the constant stream of news coming out …

War

The 5 Priorities of Classroom Management

I have discovered that there are five components of effective classroom management that establish structures strong enough to entice and motivate …

Teaching

Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning

Click on any title link below to view or download that file.<p><i>Tips for downloading:</i><p>PDF files can be viewed on a wide variety of platforms -- both as a …