Summer 2014 Issue

Departments

Editor's Note

The Aging Boom

Robert Wilson

Letters

Responses to our Spring 2014 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Kaunas, Lithuania: Springtime for Putin
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Leonidas Donskis

Works in Progress

The Art in Amusement

Chloe Taft

Cheap Microscope, Big Promise

Vicki Valosik

China, Up Close

Evan Osnos

Who’d Have Thunk It?

Jennifer Henderson

Achy Breaky Verdi

Sasha Ingber

Tuning Up

Two Philosophers
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David Lehman

Commonplace Book

Seduction

Anne Matthews

Book Essay

The Autobiography of Biography

David Levering Lewis

Book Reviews

Man of the World

Annette Gordon-Reed

The Skeptic

Steven Lagerfeld

Numbers Game

Owen Gingerich

Dangerous Liaison

Steven Simon

We, Not Me

Gary Greenberg

Beyond the Colonies

Andrew Graybill

Back Talk

Things Not Quite Said

Ralph Keyes

Articles

The Fear Factor

Lincoln Caplan

Long-held predictions of economic chaos as baby boomers grow old are based on formulas that are just plain wrong


4 Popes, 4 Saints, One New Guy
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Ingrid D. Rowland

Perhaps you’ve heard the news from Rome. But what does it really have to do with the man from Assisi?


Keep Smiling
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Jan Morris

An agnostic sermon


On Visitors

Ann Beattie

When the Bachelor Girl and the Red Death come calling, are they mirrors for our eccentricities?


Proust Goes to the Country Club

Willard Spiegelman

At a largely forgettable class reunion, remembrances of things past


A Prophet Without Honor
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Alex Beam

There’s no authoritative biography yet for Joseph Smith, the notorious founding figure in Mormonism


Fiction

Bistro
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Hannah Pittard


Poetry

Manhood
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Jill Bialosky


Arts

The Music of Painting
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Lincoln Perry

Seventeenth-century debates over content and form, color and line, and artifice and reality are as relevant today as ever