The Paris Review – Other People’s Partings

Fall River, Massachusetts. Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress. So many accounts of Chekhov’s death, many of them exaggerated, some outright bogus. The only indisputable thing is that he died at forty-four. That’s etched in stone in Moscow. I like to read them anyway. I’m not alone. Chekhov death fanatics abound. His last sip … Read more

The Allure of Other People’s Families, a guest post by Allison Weiser Strout

It was a great game for the school bus. The goal: name all eleven siblings in age and grade order (a few were usually scattered about among the rows of sticky, green vinyl bus seats.) The winner got nothing more than bragging rights, but that was something, especially when you lived in a quiet suburban … Read more

A Europe of free peoples

The worldwide impact of the pandemic and the shock of the war in Ukraine have revived public interest in the question of international order, and of Europe’s place within it. After decades of relative peace — strengthened by an powers global economy — the existing balance of and the institutions guarding it have suddenly revealed … Read more