Autumn 2014 Issue


Editor's Note

The Violent Bear It Away

Robert Wilson


Responses to our Summer 2014 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Letter From Mumbai: Intolerance

Murzban F. Shroff

Works in Progress

Taken by Storm

Allen Freeman


Vicki Valosik

Lend Me Your (3-D Printed) Ear

Diane Ackerman

Where’s Miguel?

Emily Ochoa

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Vicki Valosik

New Hope from Dope

Tom Bentley

The Day of the Luthier

Chloe Taft

Tuning Up

In the Courtyard

Vicki Valosik

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Book Essay

Last Works

Roger Grenier

Book Reviews

Sound and Fury

Matthew Guerrieri

The Big Uneasy

Wayne Curtis

Solar Complexus

Owen Gingerich

Anything Goes

Rachel Hadas

Our Beastly Friends

Miranda Weiss

Frozen Hell

John Vaillant

The Deciders

William S. McFeely

Taking Shots

Harriet A. Washington

Back Talk

E Pluribus Unum

Ralph Keyes


Instant Gratification

Paul Roberts

As the economy gets ever better at satisfying our immediate, self-serving needs, who is minding the future?

Why Science Is Not Enough

John Lukacs

Only through our imagination can we know the world

Going Haywire

Richard Restak

Delusions can occur in perfectly “normal” people

Frankfurt, Farewell

Werner Gundersheimer

A family escaped the Nazis in 1939, finding refuge in America, but its hardships were far from over


Sheila Kohler

A South African family of privilege kept its secrets

A Tale of War and Forgetting

Neil Shea

Rescuing the memory of a cataclysm


The Way of the World

Craig Nova


Four Poems

Ansel Elkins

Adventures of the Double-Headed Girl, The Girl with Antlers, Thou Shalt Not, Monogamy

Why Does a Tall Man Write Poetry?

Dick Allen

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Langdon Hammer


Carnival of the Animals

Jan Morris

The Italian artist Carpaccio cast a careful, loving eye on his many nonhuman subjects

Rebuilding The Mack

Witold Rybczynski

Is the Glasgow School of Art truly irreplaceable?

Song of the Earth

Pico Iyer

On Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven

Boy Wonder

Sudip Bose

Remembering Lorin Maazel