Magazine March 20, 2017, Issue

Lennart Nilsson’s Unborn Beauties

His photography revealed the humanity of the fetus

In September 2016, novelist Ian McEwan published a curious little book called “Nutshell” that re-envisioned Hamlet as a kind of 21st-century psychological thriller. Instead of a Danish prince, the protagonist is an unborn child in England — not quite an Englishman in the legal sense, but getting there. The book is full of beautiful reflections about human development at its earliest stage, narrated by the preternaturally lucid and intelligent baby. “Long ago, many weeks ago, my neural groove closed upon itself to become my spine and my many million young neurons, busy as silkworms, spun and wove from their trailing

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A City of Shopkeepers

The city is full of walk-in businesses — shops, stores, eateries, bars, banks, fix-it places. That means the streets are full of business names. Many belong to chains — Victoria’s ...

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Pain and Punishment Psychiatrist Sally Satel’s piece “Treating Opioid Addiction” (March 6) favors “benign paternalism” in public policy regarding what some have hysterically called an “epidemic” but Dr. Satel more soberly ...
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The Week

‐ We’re told the envelope given to Warren Beatty actually contained Nate Silver’s projection. ‐ To replace Michael Flynn as national-security adviser, Donald Trump selected someone uniquely suited for the position. ...
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Poetry

GLOUCESTER Lizard-voiced, the seagull, esurient And flush with light, cuts through sapphire and salt Waves, to gratify pure appetite. Granite endures like graves. Briars bloom. On planks and shelves, books dock like sailing ships And wait ...

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