Spring 2012


A Question of Honor

Cheating on campus undermines the reputation of our universities and the value of their degrees. Now is the time for students themselves to stop it

by William M. Chace

What Occurred at Linz: A Memoir of Forgetting

Hitler’s hometown has disowned its most infamous son, but a writer finds signs of him everywhere

by Robert Hahn

Crazy Enough to Care

Peer counseling, long used in the humane treatment of the mentally ill, is getting new attention as a cost saver because of the Affordable Care Act

by Brad Edmondson

Reading Fast and Slow

The speed at which our eyes travel across the printed page has serious (and surprising) implications for the way we make sense of words

by Jessica Love

The Wine of Life

How as a young soldier in the Trentino, I passed my evenings in a lovely bookshop in a town near camp

by Mario Rigoni Stern

Death by Treacle

Sentiment surfaces fast and runs hot in public life, dumbing it down and crippling intimacy in private life

by Pamela Haag


Book Essay

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Essays From the Edge

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Essays From the Edge

The Jazz Age novelist’s chronicle of his mental collapse, much derided by his critics, anticipated the rise of autobiographical writing in America

Patricia Hampl

Book Reviews

All for One and One for All?

All for One and One for All?

An eminent scientist reconsiders natural selection

Francisco J. Ayala
Heavenly Body

Heavenly Body

An artist’s pursuit of symmetry

Ingrid D. Rowland
The Moderate

The Moderate

Was Ike a great president?

Matthew Dallek

Founder of Our Freedoms

Rhode Island's religious tolerance

Ted Widmer
Say What?

Say What?

How we talk American

Barbara Wallraff


The playwright who never got over Marilyn Monroe

Jeffrey Meyers

End Times

The Bible’s failed prophecy

Sarah Ruden
Dirty Books

Dirty Books

A publisher’s lifelong battle against censorship

John McIntyre