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The Miraculous Life of Gabriel García Márquez

When Gabriel García Márquez was born, in 1927, in the sleepy little town of Aracataca, not far from Colombia’s Caribbean coast, there were certain …


Infidel - Guernica

<i>Islam’s toughest critic on her new book, the Axis of Evil, and the neoconservatives’ moral high ground.</i><p>Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1969, Ayaan …

Photos from the Archive: Gilles Peress’s “Nighttown”

In the January 8, 2001 issue of the magazine, <i>The New Yorker</i> published “Nighttown,” a portfolio of photographs by Gilles Peress. To shoot the portfolio, a look at late-night New York during the final months of the last millennium, Peress adopted a nocturnal schedule. “I inverted everything in my …




Why Does It Matter If Heidegger Was Anti-Semitic?

The controversy stirred up by the revelations in Evelyn Barish’s new biography of the literary scholar and “deconstructionist” Paul de Man (which Louis Menand recently discussed in the magazine) will, I suspect, seem like a collegial colloquium compared with the uproar attending the publication of …

For World Poetry Day – dissident poets from PEN International

As we celebrate the art, the international organisation defending writers' freedom offers a selection of voices that have been silenced by repression<p>• Poetry Parnassus: read a poem from every Olympic nation<p>Aron Atabek – Kazakhstan<p>The poet, journalist and activist Aron Atabek has been in prison …

Toward A New Documentary Expression

<i>The following first appeared in</i> Aperture <i>magazine #214</i> Spring 2014. Become a subscriber today!<p>Stephen Mayes, former director of VII Photo, has …

Real-World Review of the Fujfilm X-T1 for Street Photography

<b>Disclaimer</b>: I was given the Fujifilm X-T1 as well as a 23mm f/1.4 Lens, a 27mm f/2.8 lens for free from Fuijfilm. I am not getting paid to do this …



<i>collaboration with Hugo Barros</i>

I Hung Out at William Burroughs's House When I Was Nineteen

By George Mürer February 5, 2014<p><i>Meeting William Burroughs on his eightieth birthday.</i><p>Illustration: Christian Tonnis<p>I have this fairy godmother, a childhood friend of my mother’s who lives in Lawrence, Kansas. My mother and I call her up several times a year and she’s always turning me onto cool …

Writing in the Gray Areas - Guernica

Picture by Nico Paix<p>In 1995, nine months after South Africa’s first democratic election, I was living in Cape Town. I’d gone there from my home in …

Book News: Two Poems By Greek Poet Sappho Discovered

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Parts of two previously unknown poems by the Greek lyric poet Sappho have been discovered on an ancient papyrus. An anonymous collector happened to show the papyrus to the Oxford University classicist Dirk Obbink, who …

Quantum Space Network Between Earth and ISS --"10,000 Times the Speed of Light"

To date, quantum physicists have successfully teleported entangled photons over a free-space distance of 143 kilometers (89 miles) using lasers, and …

Establishing the philosophy of cosmology

"We live in a golden age of cosmology," says Jeremy Butterfield, a philosopher of physics from the University of Cambridge. Since the mid 20th …

Dark Matter

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot's prison letters to Slavoj Žižek

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is currently in a prison hospital in Siberia; here she and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek meet in an extraordinary exchange of letters<p>• Pussy Riot: composer Cecilie Ore's choral tribute to the punk band<p>2 January 2013<p><i>Dear Nadezhda,</i><p>I hope you have been able to …

Life’s splendor forever lies …

Life’s splendor forever lies in wait about each one of us in all its fullness, but veiled from view, deep down, invisible, far off. It is there, though, not hostile, not reluctant, not deaf. If you summon it by the right word, by its right name, it will come.

New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement

René Magritte, Le palais des souvenirs (The palace of memories), 1939

René Magritte, Le palais des souvenirs (The palace of memories), 1939.

Herbert List - Park of the Palazzo Orsini, Bomarzo, Italy, 1952 [***]

Herbert List - Park of the Palazzo Orsini, Bomarzo, Italy, 1952 [***]

Wilhelm Von Gloeden - Etude de Nu, 1902

<b>Wilhelm Von Gloeden</b> - <i>Etude de Nu, 1902</i>

Common Myths About the Brain Debunked

Josef Sudek, Morning Tram, 1924

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield