Autumn 2015 Issue


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Responses to Our Summer 2015 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Trinidad and Tobago: The Showman

Tom Zoellner

Works in Progress

A Chronicle of Unrest

Chloe Taft

A Victorian Mystery No More

Stephanie Bastek

To Mars and Beyond

Stephen L. Petranek

Water Everywhere

Vicki Valosik

Mountain People

Darcy Courteau

A Bizarre Bazaar

Neil Shea

Tuning Up

The End of History?

Ernest B. Furgurson

Commonplace Book

Autumn 2015

Anne Matthews

Book Reviews

A Lifetime Spent Bearing Witness

Louis Begley

Cosmic Art

Verlyn Klinkenborg

Anyone Home?

T. M. Luhrmann

We Need to Chat

Jessica Love

Living Like White People

Thomas Chatterton Williams

The Wisdom of the Ages

Andrew J. Bacevich

Back Talk

Uppers and Downers

Ralph Keyes


The Well Curve

Harriet A. Washington

Tropical diseases are undermining intellectual development in countries with poor health care—and they’re coming here next

The Sweet Briar Opportunity

Carol T. Christ

Small colleges with too few applicants and large universities with too many should work together

Hope Is the Enemy

Dasha Kiper

Caring for a patient suffering from dementia means coming to terms with the frustrating paradoxes of memory and language

The Mysteries of Attraction

Edward Hoagland

Its many splendors do not only include the carnal: animate, inanimate … love it all

Capital of Willows

Eben Wood

On a trip to North Korea, a writer remembers his troubled father, a victim of the “Forgotten War”

Test of Faith

Mark Edmundson

The Roman Catholic Church may forgive us our sins—but can it be forgiven for its own?



Three Poems
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John Koethe


Reimagining Suburbia

Amanda Kolson Hurley

What if the world’s greatest architects began looking beyond the city limits?

When the Angry Lion Roared

Sudip Bose

Pierre Boulez and the piece that marked his breakthrough as a composer

Latitude for Error

David Hay

The maps of the 18th century were beautiful works of art, but they sometimes led to disaster

Fischer v. Spassky

Our Editors

A legendary chess match hits the screen