Spring 2008 Issue


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Response to Our Winter Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Oaxaca: No End in Sight

Robert Joe Stout

Tuning Up

Exit No Exit

David Lehman

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

The Lessons of Likeness

Allan Gurganus

Book Essay

The Art of Literature and the Science of Literature

Brian Boyd

Book Reviews

The Art of Doing

Wayne Curtis

A Dangerous Weapon

Andy Grundberg

Drought and Famine

Dan Bouk

Sleepless Nights

Sarah Fay

The Case of the Defective Detective

Britt Peterson

Enlightenment Lite

Sudip Bose


The Broken Balance

Edward Hoagland

The poet Robinson Jeffers warned us nearly a century ago of the ravages to nature we now face

Passing the Torch

Stephen J. Pyne

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

Nick Bromell

Honoring the emotions that give life to liberal principles

What Kind of Father Am I?

James McConkey

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

Rome’s Gossip Columnist

Garry Wills

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


Janna Malamud Smith

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

A Slow Devouring

Steve Macone

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


Royal Blue
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Charles Baxter

Me and Big Foot

Jill McCorkle


Boarding: Hemaris thysbe
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Joanie Mackowski

Maker and Collector: Frank Bidart
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Langdon Hammer

Two Poems
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Frank Bidart


Polymer Persons

Priscilla Long

How can we gaze upon the skinned, displayed bodies of the dead and not be revolted and mesmerized?

What the Mind’s Eye Sees

Jason Edward Kaufman

Action painters were postwar exemplars of American individualism