Roosevelt Redux

Robert M. Ball and the battle for Social Security

by Thomas N. Bethell

End Game

The elderly are entitled to what they have earned

by Amitai Etzioni

All About Eve

What men have thought about women thinking

by Cynthia Russett

A Long Cold View of History

How ice, worms, and dirt made us what we are today

by Donald Worster


Is there a genetic predisposition to sing Streisand on street corners?

by Michelle Herman

Socrates' Mistake

The philosopher's view of knowledge—forever demanding explanations, justifications, definitions, and criteria—is fantasy, and a dangerous fantasy

by George Watson

A Standard Oil Childhood

Oil refeneries, sand dunes, and other objects of beauty and affection

by Thomas H. Rogers

The Big Roundup

John Lomax roamed the West, collecting classic songs from the cowboy era

by Ted Gioia

Findings: Swept Away

by Adam Goodheart


Editor's Note

Plaint du Jour

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Winter Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Kiev: On Independence Square

Adrian Karatnycky

Commonplace Book


André Bernard

Book Essay

Leading Men

Anne Matthews

Celestial Jukebox

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Book Reviews

What Is It Good For?

James Webb

Battle of Anacostia

Robert S. McElvaine



Invisible Things

Thylias Moss and Charles Simic

Langdon Hammer


The Salome Factor

How the sexualization of concert dance helped end a golden age.

William Deresiewicz

A Few Good Buildings

Reading the obituaries of Philip Johnson

Stanley Abercrombie

Miller's Tale

The playwright drew a line between reaching out and selling out

Wendy Smith

Tuning Up