Notes on the moral foundations of becoming a great leader and a great human, bittersweet in history’s hindsight
One of history’s most beloved children’s illustrators tackles one of history’s most loathsome episodes:
"The greater the bureaucratization of public life, the greater will be the attraction of violence. In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one could argue, to whom one could present grievances, on whom the pressures of power could be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the power to act; for the rule by Nobody is not no-rule, and where all are equally powerless we have a tyranny without a tyrant."
The great Hannah Arendt on how bureaucracy triggers violence – timeless read, timelier than ever:
How Virginia Woolf’s Orlando radically played censorship and revolutionized LGBT love in literature
“There is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”
The godfather of gonzo journalism on Truth.
The very first Pride parades, in glorious vintage photos, plus a brief history of the riots that precipitated them
“Fearlessness may be a gift, but perhaps most precious is [the] courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one’s actions.”
One of history’s most beloved peace activists on freedom from fear – a timeless and timelier than ever read:
“Silence, if it does not equal death, equals the living equivalent.”
Excerpts from Andrew Sullivan’s seminal 1993 essay “The Politics of Homosexuality,” which changed the discourse on LGBT rights:
“What Winston Churchill once said of architecture — “First we shape our buildings, and then they shape us” — might also be said of cooking. First we cooked our food, and then our food cooked us.”
Essential reading: Michael Pollan on reclaiming cooking as social glue and anti-corporate activism
“Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.”
The untold story of the women who dressed like and fought as men in the Civil War:
“Principles invite us to do something about the morass of contradictions in which we function morally.”
Read on for Sontag’s poignant essay on courage and resistance:
A collection of Dr. Seuss’s little-known wartime propaganda cartoons.
An extraordinary look at the inner world of a genius, oscillating between conviction and insecurity in the most beautifully imperfect and human way possible. From detailed notes on her formidable media diet of literature and film to her intense love affairs and infatuations to her meditations on society’s values and vices, the hefty volume is a true cultural treasure.
A magnificent large-format volume of 100 tear-out, ready-to-frame political campaign posters from the Library of Congress archives, each contextualized by a short historical essay on the respective election, alongside its final electoral and popular vote statistics.
A rare behind-the-scenes look at The New Yorker’s art-science of walking the fine line between keen and crass.