Autumn 2012 Issue


Editor's Note

Presidents and Poets

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Summer 2012 Issue

Our readers

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

Tuning Up

Freud’s Immortal Question

David Lehman

Commonplace Book


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


The Clintons Up Close

Jane Warwick Yoder and Edwin M. Yoder Jr.

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

Too Big to Fail and Too Risky to Exist

William J. Quirk

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

Liberty Is a Slow Fruit

Louis P. Masur

Lincoln the deliberate emancipator

Mortify Our Wolves

Christian Wiman

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

Love in Wartime

Maxine Kumin

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

Letter to Posterity

Arthur C. Danto

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


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

Thisbe Nissen

The prodigal daughter comes home

At Boquillas
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Ben Stroud


The Voice Is Ready to Sing

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems
Not available online

Angie Estes

Not available online

Linda Pastan


All Scotland Waits for Her

N. S. Thompson

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