Living forever has never been more popular

What’s wrong with Craig Venter? The multi-millionaire maverick says he can help you live a better, longer life. Can this woman cure ageing with gene therapy? Biotech boss Elizabeth Parrish has tried out her company’s anti-ageing gene therapy with, she says, amazing results. An MIT scientist claims that this pill is the Fountain of Youth: Leonard Guarente is certain he’s succeeded where doctors (and quacks) before him have failed — his pill will either extend lives or tarnish his career. Why

Paper Trail

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, maps the current fight over cultural appropriation and outlines the myriad ways—acknowledging history, accepting criticism, taking responsibility—that writers can advance the argument over who gets to write about what. “If all of this seems too difficult, then you understand why people would rather fight


Women on Women in Love

Phyllis Fong Strangely enough, until now, Patricia Highsmith's 1952 The Price of Salt has never had a proper film treatment. Announced at this year's Cannes festival, the long-waited-for adaptation, directed by

Daily Review

Thus Bad Begins

Early on in Javier Marías’s reputation-galvanizing novel A Heart So White (1992), the narrator, Juan, lies awake on his honeymoon in Havana listening to a couple argue in the hotel room next door. The man on the other side of the wall is a Spaniard, like Juan, and he


Adam Fitzgerald

When I first met Adam Fitzgerald in 2009, we were both fledgling graduate students, and I knew from the moment he entered the room that he was the personification of a promising young poet, with whirlwind energy, incredible charisma, and insatiable precocity


Monique Morris, "Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools"


Elephants in Lake Charles

Arlie Russell Hochschild

"YOU CAN TELL I’m a Republican,” Janice Areno says as she invites me to sit down in her office, Elephants fill three shelves of a wall opposite her desk, One is blue-and-white porcelain, a second is gold, a third is red, white, and blue and stands near a young child’s drawing of a yellow one.