What, exactly, constitutes a life?
Winston Moseley’s brutal murder of Kitty Genovese in the small hours of March 13, 1964 remains one of the most riveting stories in the annals of crime. In a famous New York Times story about the murder, Martin Gansberg reported that thirty-eight witnesses had watched from their window on that cold night in the Queens […]
National Geographic News reports that the skull of a plague victim unearthed near Venice exhibits an unmistakable hallmark of treatment for vampirism. The woman’s mouth was forced open by a brick — a measure that prevented her from spreading the plague by chewing her burial shrouds, the alleged modus operandi of pestilential vampires. The unfortunate […]
Atlantic correspondent James Parker is the hilobrow critic par excellence. Whether reviewing a biography of G. K. Chesterton or musing on the meaning of slasher films (as he does in the forthcoming issue of the Atlantic Monthly), Parker’s criticism takes humankind — the needy, striving, but sometimes transcendant self with its long shadow of hungers […]