Autumn 2017

Cover Story

Opioids and Paternalism

To help end the crisis, both doctors and patients need to find a new way to think about pain

by David Brown


Still Wilderness

What are we feeling when we are feeling joy? And where inside us does that feeling reside?

by Christian Wiman

Against Solidarity

As a writer, with a writer’s chronic need for detachment, I have avoided the ideology of gender

by Emily Fox Gordon

Urban Wild

In slowly gentrifying Detroit, you might see a fox, or even a coyote, but where have all the stray dogs gone?

by Laura Bernstein-Machlay

A Jane Austen Kind of Guy

I get it that women find my affinity for their writer intrusive, but her world has much to offer men, too

by William Deresiewicz


Book Essay

A Dream of a Writer

A Dream of a Writer

Peter Taylor’s stories reveal an artist immersed in the quotidian who rose to the complexities of the heart and psyche

Ann Beattie

Book Reviews

Wave of Anguish

Wave of Anguish

Could disobedience have saved a group of Japanese students?

Adam Hochschild
Metropolis Rising

Metropolis Rising

How the Big Apple took its place among the world’s great cities

Brooke Kroeger
Antiquarian Dreams

Antiquarian Dreams

Sometimes it’s okay to judge history by its cover

Helen Hazen
Running With the Pack

Running With the Pack

On one of the most successful ecological experiments of all time

Verlyn Klinkenborg
Feast of Eden

Feast of Eden

A look at humanity’s most famous star-crossed couple

Sarah Ruden
The Doctor’s Discontents

The Doctor’s Discontents

A harshly critical new biography of the father of psychotherapy

Mark Edmundson