Cover Story

Loving Animals to Death

How can we raise them humanely and then butcher them?

by James McWilliams


What Killed My Sister?

The answer—schizophrenia—only leads to more perplexing questions

by Priscilla Long

On Loneliness

We value our solitude until it pinches

by Edward Hoagland

The Making of PoBiz Farm

After it became our permanent home, we overfilled it with overloved horses and dogs

by Maxine Kumin

The Presence of Absence

Our losses give vitality to our lives

by Bethany Vaccaro

A Whole Day Nearer Now

But all life’s passion not quite spent

by Doris Grumbach


Editor's Note

On the Farm

Robert Wilson

Letters From …

Letter from Maasailand: Seeds of Change

David McDannald

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

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Book Reviews

The Bard of Suburbia

Robert Wilson

19th Nervous Breakdown

Gary Greenberg

A Danger to Ourselves

Mary Beth Saffo

Whores de Combat

Charles Trueheart

The Fabulist

Robert Zaretsky

Ready to Be Free

Louis P. Masur

An Irascible Artist

Eleanor Jones Harvey

Back Talk

Pardon My French

Ralph Keyes


Tatiana & T. S. Eliot

Jerome Charyn


Plangent Encounters

Langdon Hammer

Two Poems

Translated by David Lehman

Charles Baudelaire

Two Poems

David Lehman

Sky Ghazaal

Robin Magowan


Realism With a Heart

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

Richard Locke

Tuning Up

The Ginger Boy

Minutes that changed the course of rock history

Brian Doyle