Sandra Newman is an American author, whose most recent book is The Heavens (2019). She lives in Manhattan.
Stories and literature
So many arguments are given against Shakespeare being gay – yet his sonnets contain their own message, that love is love
There is nothing so horrific as child murder, yet it’s ubiquitous in human history. What drives a parent to kill a baby?
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
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?
History is full of sorrowful knights, sobbing monks and weeping lovers – what happened to the noble art of the manly cry?