Friday, October 21, 2016

Current Issue

Cover Story

The Virtue of an Educated Voter

The Founders believed that a well-informed electorate preserves our fragile democracy and benefits American society as a whole

Alan Taylor

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Works in Progress

GIF Books

Elyse Graham

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Tuning Up

The Thing About Books

Why downsizing to a mere 650 boxes of them makes good sense

Jethro K. Lieberman

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Letter From

East Timor: Mountain of Memory

Long ago, the country was home to lush rainforests, but during successive foreign occupations, loggers stripped away much of its tree canopy

Karen Coates

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Book Reviews

A Rare Intelligence

How a spy novelist’s travels reinvigorated his work

Bruce Falconer

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How to Read Dante in the 21st Century

By Joseph Luzzi

Breaking the code of “The Divine Comedy” with patient reverence

The Wonder of Wuthering Heights

By Stephanie Bastek

An interview with Alison Case, author of the novel Nelly Dean

The Trouble at Yale

By Paula Marantz Cohen

Why an intellectual space requires a safe space

How to Have an Election

By Jill McCorkle

First thing you do is lock the candidates in a room

The Case for Motherhood

By Jean Kim

What does it mean when you don’t want your own child?

Do Female Lives Matter?

By Judith Hooper

Uncovering forgotten history through fiction

Right Does Not Make It Right

By Amitai Etzioni

How we keep free speech from becoming hate speech

The Naples Quartet

By Wendy Smith

The novels of Elena Ferrante

Dreiser’s Strivers

By Peter Baida

Putting Sister Carrie to work

Resisting Atticus’s Allure

By Stephen Goodwin

Reconsidering the legacy of To Kill a Mockingbird

The Writer Who Taught

By John S. Rosenberg

Remembering William Zinsser

Remembering Robert Stone

By Stephen Goodwin

The novelist possessed his characters, and was possessed by them