Cover Story

The Clintons Up Close

A friendship between two couples yields insights into a presidency and a marriage

by Jane Warwick Yoder and Edwin M. Yoder Jr.

Articles

Too Big to Fail and Too Risky to Exist

Four years after the 2008 financial crisis, banks are behaving more recklessly than ever

by William J. Quirk

Liberty Is a Slow Fruit

Lincoln the deliberate emancipator

by Louis P. Masur

Mortify Our Wolves

The struggle back to life and faith in the face of pain and the certainty of death

by Christian Wiman

Love in Wartime

The epistolary romance of a Los Alamos scientist and a Radcliffe junior destined for poetic renown

by Maxine Kumin

Letter to Posterity

A passion for philosophy led me to my first career, and a passion for art led me to a second, as a critic

by Arthur C. Danto

Departments

Editor's Note

Presidents and Poets

Robert Wilson

Letters From …

Srebrenica: The Scars of Genocide

Sarah Kenyon Lischer

Works in Progress

Olympic Leftovers

Vanessa Schipani

Being Human

Sam Kean

Of Mice and Literature

Chloe Taft

Ask What’s Not There

Jennifer Henderson

Preserving the Dead

Tom Bentley

Six Ways of Looking at Corporate Greed

Richard White

What Menus Tell Us

Chloe Taft

Beware the Squeezebox

Darcy Courteau

Commonplace Book

Blame

Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

Academics Anonymous

Paula Marantz Cohen

Book Essay

Prince of Poets

David J. Wasserstein

Book Reviews

Confounding Father

T. H. Breen

Questions of Being

Jay Tolson

Kerouac in His Own Words

Deborah Baker

A Monster at Large

James Fallows

Golden Rules

Sarah Ruden

Fiction

We Shall Go to Her, But She Will Not Return to Us

The prodigal daughter comes home

Thisbe Nissen

At Boquillas

Ben Stroud

Poetry

The Voice Is Ready to Sing

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

Angie Estes

Cassandra

Linda Pastan

Arts

All Scotland Waits for Her

An inspired British documentary featured an unforgettable locomotive, and the work of two of the 20th century’s greatest artists

N. S. Thompson

Tuning Up

Freud’s Immortal Question

Or, one student’s adventures in higher learning

David Lehman