Spring 2013 Issue


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Responses to Our Winter 2013 Issue

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Letters From …

Letter from Moscow: Putin’s Progress

Jeffrey Tayler

Works in Progress

Tiny Creepy-Crawlies

Sasha Ingber

Something to Sing About

Jennifer Henderson

Pleasure in Motion

Allen Freeman

Whole New Ball Game

Tim Wendel

Mapping Inner Space

Emily Ochoa

A Labor of Love

Darcy Courteau


Chloe Taft

Tuning Up

Crystal Blue Persuader

Brian Doyle

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Book Essay

Endless Rewriting

Helen Hazen

Book Reviews

The World All Before Them

Sudip Bose

Life Story

Carl Elliott

Smarty Ants

Sy Montgomery

Found Fictions

Elaine Showalter

Wing Men

Constance Casey


Color Lines

W. Ralph Eubanks

How DNA ancestry testing can turn our notions of race and ethnicity upside down

Good Fences Make Good Bankers

William J. Quirk

Too Big to Fail Becomes Too Big to Jail: an Update

A New Course

Magdalena Kay

Universities face problems that Christopher Lasch identified 34 years ago. Has the time come to fix them?

One Road

Donald Hall

Driving through postwar Yugoslavia was nearly impossible, but a young poet and his new wife struggled through the desolate landscape to Athens

Lessons of a Starry Night

Kelly McMasters

A Rachel Carson essay teaches a new mother how to imbue her growing child with an awe for nature

Kodachrome Eden

James Santel

With purple prose and oversaturated images, National Geographic reimagined postwar America as a dreamspace of hope and fascination

The Deal

Martha McPhee

Looking for an apartment in Manhattan takes patience, courage, and, sometimes, a bag full of cash


Sure, Fine

Emma Duffy-Comparone


Dennis McFarland


Lost in Translation
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Brian Swann

Five Poems
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Peter Cole

Vision Guided by Craft

Langdon Hammer


Oracle in Pearls

Stanley Abercrombie

Ada Louise Huxtable, able to depict a building in a few memorable words, set the standard for informed and fearless criticism