The New Directions editor Barbara Epler and the translator Michael Hofmann on Franz Kafka’s fiction in this week’s magazine.
By Deborah Treisman
If you liked “The Rescue Will Begin in Its Own Time,” we think you will enjoy this story, from 2016.
By Adam Ehrlich Sachs
From New York Times bestselling author and economics columnist
Robert Frank explores how most of us would agree that we need to take responsibility for our own choices, but with more supportive social environments, each of us is more likely to make choices that benefit everyone. Under the Influence shows how.
Essays & Criticism
Ottessa Moshfegh’s “Death in Her Hands” Is a New Kind of Murder Mystery
The writer’s new novel is a haunting meditation on the nature and meaning of art.
By Kevin Power
Frank Kameny’s Orderly, Square Gay-Rights Activism
An astronomer for the Army Map Service was an unlikely, but crucial, combatant for erotic freedom.
By Caleb Crain
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My Mother’s Dreams for Her Son, and All Black Children
She longed for black people in America not to be forever refugees—confined by borders that they did not create and by a penal system that killed them before they died.
By Hilton Als
Letter from Israel
In Search of King David’s Lost Empire
The Biblical ruler’s story has been told for millennia. Archeologists are still fighting over whether it’s true.