Autumn 2011 Issue


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Responses to our Summer 2011 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Letter from Belfast: City of Walls

Robin Kirk

Works in Progress

Out of Sight

Vanessa Schipani

The Ozarks Style

Darcy Courteau

Brooklyn Bridges

Chloe Taft

Meme, Myself, and I

Jonnie Hughes

Monster Theory

Elyse Graham

Tuning Up

Excerpts from the Worst of the Year Anthologies

Gerald Jonas

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

The Moon

Priscilla Long

Book Essay

When Kerouac Met Kesey

Sterling Lord

Book Reviews

Getting Better All the Time

Michael Shermer

A Chesterton With No Flab

Garry Wills

The Worst of Times

Gary Saul Morson

John Brown’s Folly

Brenda Wineapple

Power Crazy

George Vaillant

From Eternity to Here

Ingrid D. Rowland


Dubya and Me

Walt Harrington

Over the course of a quarter-century, a journalist witnessed the transformation of George W. Bush

LBJ’s Wild Ride

Ernest B. Furgurson

Hanging on for dear life during the 1960 campaign

Secret Sharers

Elena S. Danielson

In an age of leaks, forgeries, and Internet hoaxes, archivists must guard our information while keeping hackers at bay

The Psychologist

Brian Boyd

Vladimir Nabokov's understanding of human nature anticipated the advances in psychology since his day

Scar Tissue

Emily Bernard

When I was stabbed 17 years ago in a New Haven coffee shop, the wounds did not only come from the knife

A Mother’s Secret

Werner Gundersheimer

The images in a treasured photo album preserve an idealized past, while leaving out the painful story of a family torn apart by the Holocaust

Out in the West

Jennifer Sinor

The Mormon Church is going mainstream—and leaving its gay members behind



David Guterson

A fledgling romance in the Washington mountains, and another, doomed love affair that cannot be forgotten

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Will Boast

To make it in the music business requires more than a bit of luck: it might mean choosing between family and oneself


John Koethe’s Red Shoes

Langdon Hammer

Three Poems
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John Koethe

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Rika Lesser


Shakespeare in Bloom

Wendy Smith