Autumn 2016 Issue


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Responses to Our Summer 2016 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

East Timor: Mountain of Memory

Karen J. Coates

Works in Progress

Out of Sight

Sarah Rice

In Our Urban Greenery

Jill Jonnes

One Hundred Autobiographies

David Lehman

Glimpses of the Great War

Charlotte Salley

GIF Books

Elyse Graham

Louisiana’s Vanishing Act

Julia Lewando

Tuning Up

The Thing About Books

Jethro K. Lieberman

Commonplace Book

Autumn 2016

Anne Matthews

Book Essay

A Life Written in Invisible Ink

Sandra M. Gilbert

Book Reviews

Second Thoughts

George Musser

Darkness Illuminated

Susan Cheever

Territories of Conquest

Andrew Graybill

Before the Rebellion

Meryle Secrest

The Old Urbanist

Edward Glaeser

Healing the Masses

T. M. Luhrmann

A Rare Intelligence

Bruce Falconer

American Places

Monhegan Island, Maine

DeWitt Hardy


The Virtue of an Educated Voter

Alan Taylor

The Founders believed that a well-informed electorate preserves our fragile democracy and benefits American society as a whole

Chicago Hope

Lincoln Caplan

Can the collaboration between a progressive boarding school and a big-city charter academy transform American Public High School Education?

Writing the Unimaginable

Amitav Ghosh

When future generations look back at the fiction of our time, what will they make of the failure to address the crisis of climate change?

Put a Bird on It

Erik Anderson

How did a beguiling South American hummingbird end up in the basement of a Pennsylvania museum?


Brandon Lingle

Death can come at any time, from above or below, but life requires putting fear aside

Thine as Ever, P. T. Barnum

A. H. Saxon

A scholar offers three utterly fictitious letters he wishes the famous showman had written

Little Bowls of Colors

Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough

Writing in a foreign language can reveal secrets long buried in our mother tongue


The Accident

Jean McGarry

On market day in the village, two lives are about to collide


More Than You Know

Jason Koo


Out of the Studio, Into the Light

Andy Grundberg

The long journey of Robert Irwin

All in the Family

Wendy Smith

Gazing into the soul of a lauded play and seeing glimpses of one’s past