Prozac for the Planet

Can geoengineering make the climate happy?

by Christopher Cokinos

Every Last One

A guy with a weakness for demography goes door to door for the census and discovers what a democracy is made of

by Brad Edmondson


"Deep Travel" opens our minds to the rich possibilities of ordinary experience

by Tony Hiss


When a tornado tears through a beloved landscape, is it possible to just let nature heal itself?

by Tamara Dean

We’ll Always Have McSorley’s

How Joseph Mitchell's wonderful saloon became a sacred site for a certain literary pilgrim

by Robert Day


Editor's Note

The New Look

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Summer Issue

Our readers

Letter From …

Algeria: Waiting for a Goal

Eric Calderwood

Tuning Up

Going Home, Going Away

Paul Theroux

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews


The Gypsy Chooses the Whatever Card

Ann Beattie

By Appointment Only

Louis Begley


History and Hope: Elizabeth Alexander

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

Elizabeth Alexander

Point of Departure

Living Outside History

Noel Polk


Rock of Ages

Forty years after their deaths, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin now seem part of the mainstream culture they rebelled against

Wendy Smith

Book Essay

Trial and Eros

When Lady Chatterley's Lover ran afoul of Britain's 1959 obscenity law, the resulting case had a cast worthy of P.G. Wodehouse

Ben Yagoda

Book Reviews

Our Madness for War

Must we persist in using the military option when it so rarely works?

Michael Sherry

Human Kind

Is selflessness in our nature?

Sissela Bok

Abe's Evolution

How Lincoln went from frontier lawyer to Great Emancipator

Philip Dray

Where Creeds Collide

Enmity at the intersections of religious radicalism

Graeme Wood

James Baldwin's America

Truths both hard and timeless

Thomas Chatterton Williams

Next of Kin

What we don't know about what chimps know

Eugene Linden