Sandra Newman is an American author, whose most recent book is The Heavens (2019). She lives in Manhattan.
History is full of sorrowful knights, sobbing monks and weeping lovers – what happened to the noble art of the manly cry?
Rituals and celebrations
Possessed by a mask
Every human culture has used masks for ritual disinhibition, shaming and play. Is being online the ultimate masquerade?
Human rights and justice
Why men rape
It’s not a profound mystery, or explained by deep psychosocial complexity. For rapists, rape is easy. And that must stop
There is nothing so horrific as child murder, yet it’s ubiquitous in human history. What drives a parent to kill a baby?
Stories and literature
So many arguments are given against Shakespeare being gay – yet his sonnets contain their own message, that love is love