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Going South

Crime and No Punishment


The Turing Enigma

Nearly 70 years after being prosecuted for homosexuality, Alan Turing is joining the Queen on Britain’s £50 note. His nephew warns that the code breaker wouldn’t have wanted to be seen as a victim

Heroes and Villains

What happens when you discover your heroine was a vile anti-Semite?

You Heard It Here First

The voice recordings of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton offer a window into two of 20th-century literature’s fieriest spirits

Wilder at Heart

Little Ironies

Malcolm of All Trades

Malcolm Gladwell discusses his new book, Mao Zedong, and why the statues of history’s bad guys should stay up

Spoonfuls of Sugar

Murder, They Wrote

Heartbreak Hotel

Photographs from a new book pay homage to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, the dazzling seafront retreat that has played host to Ernest Hemingway, Jane Birkin, and Mick Jagger, on its 150th anniversary

Nancy Reagan’s Cross to Bear

The First Lady dedicated herself to achieving a picture-perfect life. A look at her traumatic—and covered-up—childhood helps explain why

Culture War

The First Lady of the Skies

Between her record as the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air and her disappearance a decade later, Amelia Earhart was the Eleanor Roosevelt of flying, championing women’s careers in aviation

Short List

Books to read this week, from a history of crime and punishment in ancient Rome to a novel of clashing cultures and an account of post–W.W. II recovery

Writing the World

Playing with Fyre

The bizarre, ongoing story of Billy McFarland, the mastermind behind the music-festival fiasco who started a podcast behind bars

Bon Voyage!

A new book collects the best of airport style, from an impossibly bouncy-haired Dolly Parton to Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin

Get Them Re-write!

Sister Act

Splendor in the Grass

The story of how Central Park and its beating heart, the bucolic Sheep Meadow, came to be

Revisionist History

Churchill gets a bad rap for the 1943 Tehran conference, where Roosevelt and Stalin won out. Looking back, the Old Lion might have been right all along

Notes from Underground

Harriet Tubman left behind no written history of her life, but her stories—of the Underground Railroad and the allies she made along the way—live on