Spring 2008

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ARTICLES

Passing the Torch

Why the eons-old truce between humans and fire has burst into an age of megafires, and what can be done about it

The Liberal Imagination of Frederick Douglass

Honoring the emotions that give life to liberal principles

What Kind of Father Am I?

Looking back at a lifetime of parenting sons and being parented by them

Rome’s Gossip Columnist

When the first-century poet Martial turned his stylus on you, you got the point

Shipwrecked

Like Robinson Crusoe after the storm, a daughter salvages what she can after her mother’s death

A Slow Devouring

Banter, beer, and bar food smooth a disciplined but difficult passage through Finnegans Wake

Passing the Torch

Why the eons-old truce between humans and fire has burst into an age of megafires, and what can be done about it

The Liberal Imagination of Frederick Douglass

Honoring the emotions that give life to liberal principles

What Kind of Father Am I?

Looking back at a lifetime of parenting sons and being parented by them

Rome’s Gossip Columnist

When the first-century poet Martial turned his stylus on you, you got the point

Shipwrecked

Like Robinson Crusoe after the storm, a daughter salvages what she can after her mother’s death

A Slow Devouring

Banter, beer, and bar food smooth a disciplined but difficult passage through Finnegans Wake

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DEPARTMENTS

editor's note

Models

Models

tuning up

Exit No Exit

Whatever happened to existentialism?

poetry

anniversaries

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fiction

commonplace book

Book essay

The Art of Literature and the Science of Literature

The delight we get from detecting patterns in books, and in life, can be measured and understood

book reviews

The Art of Doing

Let’s give our hands a great big hand

A Dangerous Weapon

The fault is not in the camera, but in ourselves

Drought and Famine

What the past teaches us to fear most about global climate change

Sleepless Nights

Getting cranky about the things that keep us awake