The Censor in the Mirror

It’s not only what the Chinese Propaganda Department does to artists, but what it makes artists do to their own work

by Ha Jin

The Torture Colony

In a remote part of Chile, an evil German evangelist built a utopia whose members helped the Pinochet regime perform its foulest deeds

by Bruce Falconer

Where Does American History Begin?

Mixing geography with invention, the first explorers and mapmakers made the New World a very hard place to pin down

by Ted Widmer

Something Called Terrorism

In a speech given at Harvard 22 years ago and never before published, Leonard Bernstein offered a warning that remains timely

by Leonard Bernstein

The New Old Way of Learning Languages

Now all but vanished, a once-popular system of reading Greek and Latin classics could revitalize modern teaching methods

by Ernest Blum


Editor's Note

Rattling with Implications

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Summer Issue

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Letters From …

Burma: Captives of the Junta

William Lychack

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

America's Dark Page

Marcus Rediker

Book Essay

The Swiveling Light of Truth

Roberta Silman

Book Reviews

Immortality Gained

Jay Parini

Copyright Wrongs

Paul K. Saint-Amour

How Special a Relationship?

Joshua Hawley

Potted History

Scott Reynolds Nelson

Shaking Habit's House

Sarah L. Courteau

The Preparation of a Lifetime

Sanford J. Ungar


Making Good

Lore Segal

Modern Lovers

Rick Moody


Apollo and Dionysus

Henri Cole combines the formal and the sensual

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

Henri Cole

Bronze Bells of Autumn

Linda Pastan


From Oppressed to Oppressors

The Battle of Algiers took a pitiless look at the war for Algerian independence, but the filmmakers could not foresee the failures that would result

Wendy Smith

Tuning Up

The Most Important Election in History

Is it possible to elect a president without invoking that phrase?

Christopher Clausen