How the brevity and unnerving beauty of Yeats’s tightly coiled verses reveal poetry’s potent, enduring significance The post Yeats’s Leda and the Swan: the power of poetry appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
On 25 May 1832, John Constable was busy adding the final touches to his masterpiece, The Opening of Waterloo Bridge.
After turning his brother in for murder, a man confronts the horror of untreated PTSD, racism and the death penalty The post The last day of freedom appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
As a crime writer, I think a lot about violence – and I get quizzed about it at literary events and festivals in a way that my male colleagues don’t.
An impersonal tower block lift becomes a chamber of candid stories, emotional release, and quite a few good laughs The post Lift appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
The highway to Oroville, a small town in California’s Central Valley, runs into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
When a woman in Maine comes eye-to-eye with a rare beached whale, they communicate wordlessly in its dying moments The post A tale of a sickly whale appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Whenever I travel abroad, I like to arrive with a few phrases in the local tongue. Fluency, on the other hand, is another matter.
Fast, efficient and proud, Mumbai’s teams of home-to-work lunch couriers connect families through meals cooked with love The post Dabbawalla appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
From 2009 to 2013, every book I read, I read on a screen. And then I stopped. You could call my four years of devout screen‑reading an experiment.
Is a colourful shantytown better off than a drab one? How a massive painting project is transforming a huge Haitian slum The post The painter of Jalouzi appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
In October 1945, the United Nations began its official existence when the five permanent members of the new Security Council and a majority of other signatories ratified the Charter.
The desire to be scared or disgusted is odd. So why do audiences enjoy the unpleasant in horror fiction and film?
‘This is supposed to be about my job, not the meaning of life,’ says Peggy to Don toward the end of the US TV series Mad Men.
How do you make a robot seem more like a human? You make it a liar robot The post Liar Robot appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
Vivienne Charles has a problem: the heroine of Lilah Pace’s erotic romance Asking for It (2015) can experience sexual satisfaction only if she imagines herself being raped, which causes her endless shame.
Wildly novel, Sgt Pepper’s gathered Marx, Marilyn, Einstein, Dylan, gurus and comics, challenging culture high and low The post How the Beatles changed album covers appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
An eBay commercial from 2004 opens with a ginger-haired little boy losing his toy sail boat to the tides of the Atlantic at Cape Cod in 1972.
Sharing, caring, respect: why popular attributes of romantic love meant nothing to Sartre in the face of freedom The post Sartre: love is a hazardous, painful struggle appeared first on Aeon Magazine.
There are many things we have come to regard as quintessentially French: Coco Chanel’s little black dress, the love of fine wines and gastronomy, the paintings of Auguste Renoir, the smell of burnt rubber in the Paris Métro.