Byline: By Ilan Stavans

Friday Takeaway: Israel at 70


Israel — which turns 70 on May 14, Yom Ha’atzmaut — is one of the youngest nations in the world. It is also one of the oldest. Reconciling this...

Friday Takeaway: Radio Matters


We are bombarded with noise: schmaltzy pop music, Hollywood monsters, nonsense sports interviews, and, yes, politicians who talk a lot but say...

Friday Takeaway: Small World


Not long ago, an acquaintance of mine said to me: “During a flight, I chatted with the passenger next to me. And guess what, Ilan? He knew you well...

Friday Takeaway: A season in hell


“Hell is other people,” writes Jean-Paul Sartre in his play No Exit (1944). The statement feels particularly accurate in America today. Those we...

Friday Takeaway: Ilan Stavans


I abhor mirrors. There is something eerie, unsettling, even supernatural about them. I especially don’t like their insistence on reproduction...

In 1922, the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset published a book called “España Invertebrada.” In it, he argued that Spain, as a result of an...

Dear Editor:Is it we who now are bringing down monuments of Antifa soldiers that valiantly fought in the Second American Civil War (2018-2023...

“Despacio” in Spanish means “slowly,” and the ito in “Despacito” adds a diminutive to the word that is impossible to translate. “Softly slowly...

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