Cover Story

Loving Animals to Death

How can we raise them humanely and then butcher them?

by James McWilliams


Editor's Note

On the Farm

Robert Wilson

Letter From …

Letter from Maasailand: Seeds of Change

David McDannald

Tuning Up

The Ginger Boy

Brian Doyle

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews


Tatiana & T. S. Eliot

Jerome Charyn


Plangent Encounters

Langdon Hammer

Two Poems

Charles Baudelaire

Two Poems

David Lehman

Sky Ghazaal

Robin Magowan

Works in Progress

Big Man in Tiny Houses

Tom Bentley

Stellar Debate

Jennifer Henderson

The Sobering Cyber Future

P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman

Cure for Helmet Hair?

Vicki Valosik

Eight Hours a Slave

Chloe Taft

Very Cold Storage

Emily Ochoa

Secrets of Dragonflies

Sasha Ingber

Back Talk

Pardon My French

Ralph Keyes


Realism With a Heart

The Dardenne brothers bring an idiosyncratic sympathy to their portrayals of Belgian lowlifes

Richard Locke

Book Essay

Looking Back, Warily, But With Affection

Snow Falling on Cedars at 20

David Guterson

Book Reviews

The Bard of Suburbia

John Updike’s obsession with ordinary life made him the writer by whom we came to know ourselves

Robert Wilson

19th Nervous Breakdown

The struggle to keep it together

Gary Greenberg

A Danger to Ourselves

Tough on other species, too

Mary Beth Saffo

Whores de Combat

In search of adventure and engagement

Charles Trueheart

The Fabulist

A literary critic’s ugly deception

Robert Zaretsky

Ready to Be Free

The end of the peculiar institution

Louis P. Masur

An Irascible Artist

Separating man from myth

Eleanor Jones Harvey