Winter 2009 Issue

Departments

Editor's Note

Two Cents

Robert Wilson

Letters

Response to Our Autumn Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Dubai: Globalization on Steroids

William Morehouse

Works in Progress

Master Masticator

Sam Kean

Small Steps, Giant Leaps

Jeffrey Bennett

Tuning Up

'HD 11964 d' by Any Other Name

Christopher Cokinos

Commonplace Book

Grief

Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

Censorship in France

Hazel Rowley

Book Essay

Lunching on Olympus

Steven L. Isenberg

Book Reviews

Cal & Liz & Ted & Sylvia

Sudip Bose

A Passion for Architecture

Stanley Abercrombie

Let Me Count the Ways

Richard Restak

Lucid Madness

William Howarth

Of Time and the Camera

Andy Grundberg

Articles

Putting Man Before Descartes

John Lukacs

Human knowledge is personal and participant—placing us at the center of the universe


The Future of the American Frontier

John Tirman

Can one of our most enduring national myths, much in evidence in the recent presidential campaign, be reinvented yet again?


Affirmative Action and After

W. Ralph Eubanks

Now is the time to reconsider a policy that must eventually change. But simply replacing race with class isn’t the solution.


Spies Among Us

Clay Risen

Military snooping on civilians, which escalated in the turbulent '60s, never entirely went away and is back again on a much larger scale


A Country for Old Men

Edward Hoagland

Having reached the shores of seniority himself, the author finds a surprising contentment in the eyes of his fellow retirees


Collateral Damage

Robert Roper

The Civil War only enhanced George Whitman's soldierly satisfaction; for his brother Walt, however, the horrors halted an outpouring of great poetry


My Bright Abyss

Christian Wiman

I never felt the pain of unbelief until I believed. But belief itself is hardly painless.


The High Road to Narnia

George Watson

C. S. Lewis and his friend J. R. R. Tolkien believed that truths are universal and that stories reveal them


Fiction

Nessus at Noon
Not available online

John Updike


The Art of Human Surveillance

Bradford Tice


Poetry

Between Two Worlds: Rosanna Warren
Not available online

Langdon Hammer


Four Poems
Not available online

Rosanna Warren


Arts

Cauldron Bubble

Edwin M. Yoder Jr.

Macbeth minus its supernatural elements could not have mattered so much to Lincoln and Dr. Johnson—and should not matter to us