Spring 2011 Issue


Editor's Note

War, Civil and Otherwise

Robert Wilson


Response to our Winter 2011 Issue
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Our readers

Letters From …

Sri Lanka: Living Dangerously

Michael Hardy

Works in Progress

Friends in the Age of Facebook

Ethan J. Leib

Children Will Listen ... and Paint

Anayat Durrani

Buzz Off. No Vacancy.

Chloe Taft

Take My Research. Please.

Elyse Graham

The Scent of a Woman Pharaoh

Sam Kean

This American Moment

Chloe Taft

Fix Ya Face

Darcy Courteau

Tuning Up

Street Scenes
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Ann Hood

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

The True Church

William Deresiewicz

Book Essay

An Italian Tragedy

Janna Malamud Smith

Book Reviews

Terrorist in Chief

Paul Salopek

Aping Us

Clive D. L. Wynne

Patriot Games

Elbert Ventura

Harlem Notes

Thomas Chatterton Williams

Bard Justice

Jacob A. Stein

Math & Magic

Sam Kean


Civil Warfare in the Streets

Adam Goodheart

After Fort Sumter, German immigrants in St. Louis flocked to the Union cause and in bloody confrontations overthrew the local secessionists

How Longfellow Woke the Dead

Jill Lepore

When first published 150 years ago, his famous poem about Paul Revere was read as a bold statement of his opposition to slavery

Interview with a Neandertal

Priscilla Long

What I always wanted to ask our distant cousins about love and death and sorrow and dinner

‘I Tried to Stop the Bloody Thing’

Adam Hochschild

In World War I, nearly as many British men refused the draft—20,000—as were killed on the Somme's first day. Why were those who fought for peace forgotten?

The View from 90

Doris Grumbach

Even when those in my generation have reached a state of serenity, wisdom, and relative comfort, what we face can hardly be called the golden years

Baseball’s Loss of Innocence

Diana Goetsch

When the 1919 Black Sox scandal shattered Ring Lardner’s reverence for the game, the great sportswriter took a permanent walk


The Games Room

Nadine Gordimer


Homage to a Bad Boy: John Ashbery

Langdon Hammer

Two Translations from Rimbaud's Illuminations and Two Poems
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John Ashbery


Seeing Red

Robert J. Bliwise

Can we understand Rothko's work without decoding his favorite color?