Spring 2015 Issue


Editor's Note

Zip It

Robert Wilson


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Letters From …

Letter from Kakuma Camp, Kenya: Nowhere Girl

Neil Shea

Works in Progress

Above and Beyond

Vicki Valosik

Doomed to Re-Tweet It

Stephanie Bastek

Whither American Culture?

Scott Timberg

Cooking Up Trouble in the Heartland

Chloe Taft


Tom Bentley

Autism and Genetics

Emily Ochoa

Break With the Cast

Vicki Valosik

Tuning Up

No Wonder It Quakes

Jordan Kisner

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Book Essay

Reflections on Alexis de Tocqueville

Saul Bellow

Book Reviews

Hearts With One Purpose

George O’Brien

A Taste for Higher Math

Natalie Angier

Two Dutch Visionaries

Graeme Wood

“You Cannot Refine It”

John Nagl

Proust Imperfect

Anka Muhlstein

Meeting the Test of Time

Stanley Plumly

Back Talk

Of Two Minds

Ralph Keyes


The Embattled First Amendment

Lincoln Caplan

The Supreme Court is interpreting free speech in new ways that threaten our democracy

A Terrible Loss

Jonathan W. White

Lincoln’s assassination 150 years ago turned plans for postwar reconciliation to a frenzy of violence

Kill the Creature

Christian Wiman

In search of snakes—and the balm of charity and love in a world of infinitely lonely space

Confessing and Confiding

Emily Fox Gordon

Knowing the difference between the two can elevate an essay from therapy to art

Failure to Heal

Philip Alcabes

Today’s medical industry thrives on diagnosing and curing, but it doesn’t reach the soul

Meeting the Mystics

Sissela Bok

My California encounters with Gerald Heard and Aldous Huxley


River Song

Sydney Blair



Langdon Hammer

Four Poems
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Alan Williamson


Great Escape

Sudip Bose

On Normandy’s coast a century ago, Claude Debussy fled the war and composed his final piano masterpiece

In Search of Mister Gustave

Elena S. Danielson

Who is the inspiration for the Grand Budapest’s concierge?

Road Show

Sudip Bose

The woodblock prints of Utagawa Hiroshige

States of Change

Lincoln Perry

The new American quarter and the decline of civilization