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.


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


Editor's Note

Presidents and Poets

Robert Wilson

Letter From …

Srebrenica: The Scars of Genocide

Sarah Kenyon Lischer

Tuning Up

Freud’s Immortal Question

David Lehman

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews


All Scotland Waits for Her

N. S. Thompson


The Voice Is Ready to Sing

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

Angie Estes


Linda Pastan

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

Point of Departure

Academics Anonymous

Paula Marantz Cohen

Book Essay

Prince of Poets

Mahmoud Darwish was the voice of the Palestinian people—chronicling not just the struggles and political injustices, but also the rhythms of daily life

David J. Wasserstein

Book Reviews

Confounding Father

Thomas Jefferson and the economics of slavery

T. H. Breen

Questions of Being

What if our minds are the ultimate reality?

Jay Tolson

Kerouac in His Own Words

An old friend explores his search for a new approach to the novel

Deborah Baker

A Monster at Large

Crime, politics, and the vagaries of Japanese justice

James Fallows

Golden Rules

Wealth and culture in early Christian times

Sarah Ruden