"I was always treated as if I had insisted on being born in opposition to the dictates of reason, religion, and morality, and against the arguments of my best friends." ~ Pip's Lament "Great Expectations" (Chapter 4, pg. 25)
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“Christina the Astonishing (1150-1224),” by Kirstin Valdez Quade
“On the day of Christina’s exorcism, the Saracens stormed the Holy Land.”
FROM THE ARCHIVE: If you liked this story, we think you will enjoy “The Duniazát,” by Salman Rushdie, from a 2015 issue of the magazine.
Kirstin Valdez Quade reads her story on The Writer’s Voice podcast.
The author describes the themes of her story in this week’s issue.
Customers flying First Class on American Airlines' three-class international and transcontinental flights can enjoy a delicious, full-service meal before takeoff.
Sally Rooney’s début, “Conversations with Friends,” is a bracing study of ideas. But it’s even smarter about people.
Colm Tóibín’s “House of Names” tries to out-Euripides Euripides.
The latest in our series of flash fiction: “What are you doing? I whisper in her ear. Skiing, she says. Skiing in the Canadian Rockies with Mr. Bluepants.”
Why we are so defensive about the art form’s value.
In “Nabokov’s Favorite Word Is Mauve,” Ben Blatt uses data to probe the body of conventional wisdom around creative writing.