Autumn 2005


Tea and Fantasy

Fact, fiction, and revolution in an American town

by Adam Goodheart

Education Is My Mother and My Father

How the Lost Boys of Sudan found their way

by David Chanoff

Teaching the N-Word

A black professor, an all-white class, and the thing nobody will say

by Emily Bernard

The Rise and Fall of David Duke

Breaking the code of right-wing populism in Louisana

by Lawrence N. Powell

Chekhov's Journey

Finding the ideal of freedom in a rugged prison colony

by James McConkey

Beaten Boys and Frantic Pets

A close reading of Tom Sawyer reveals why Mark Twain isn't nearly as funny as he thinks he is

by Adam Gussow

Custom and Law

After the death of his father, a not-notably observant Jew turns to the mourning rituals of his faith

by Melvin Jules Bukiet


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Response to Our Summer Issue

Our Readers

Letter From …

Berlin: War and Remembrance

Peter Filkins


Travels with Alfred

Timothy Foote

Tristes Tropiques

William Zinsser

All the Extras

Tim Page


The Latches of Paradise

Langdon Hammer

Appalachian Autumn

Charles Wright

Commonplace Book


André Bernard

Book Essay

The Abuses of Enchantment

Why some children's classics give parents the creeps

Wendy Smith

Book Reviews

Edmund Wilson's Clear Light

The lucid prose and inclusive views of "the last great critic in the English line"

William H. Pritchard

Power to the People

Winning the Revolution did not assure ordinary Americans a role in governing themselves

Richard E. Nicholls

Cheered as Savior, Condemned as Demon

Elyse Graham