Spring 2016 Issue


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Responses to Our Winter 2016 Issue

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Letters From …

Letter from Sinjar: Convert or Die

Cathy Otten

Works in Progress

Hunger Pangs

Karen J. Coates

All Fall Down

Henry Petroski

All the World’s a Page

Charlotte Salley

Mapping a Hard Place

Chloe Taft

Drone Zone

Sara Goudarzi

Tuning Up

Off to See the Wizard

Mark Edmundson

Commonplace Book

Spring 2016

Anne Matthews

Book Essay

Inscriber’s Block

Ralph Keyes

Book Reviews

Lives of the Philosophers

Amanda Vaill

Taking It to the Street

Jill Leovy

The Pursuit of Middle Heaven

George O’Brien

I Think, Therefore ...

Kathryn Tabb

As the Bard Turns

Wendy Smith

The Spirit of May 35th

Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Speaking in Form and Color

Lincoln Perry

Back Talk

Sharpening Old Saws

Ralph Keyes


Common Sense

Robert Wilson

It’s time for police officers to start demanding gun laws that could end up saving their own lives

Saving the Self in the Age of the Selfie

James McWilliams

We must learn to humanize digital life as actively as we’ve digitized human life—here’s how

A New Heaven and a New Earth

Adam Hochschild

During the Spanish Civil War, an alternative vision of society briefly flourished in Barcelona

I Will Love You in the Summertime

Christian Wiman

Between the rupture of life and the rapture of language lies a world of awe and witness

The Remains of My Days

Doris Grumbach

Fond and fading memories of a robust literary life

Meditation on a Rat

Lucy Ferriss

Who would have thought that this unlikely creature could help make a family whole again?

Kindly Nervous

Lee Smith

My sweet, gentle parents had their demons, but they kept me safe


Under the Lid

Idra Novey

Amid the the terrors of Pinochet’s Chile, a scornful witch exacts her haunting revenge


The Fruit of the Real

Langdon Hammer

On the Russian dolls nested in the poems of Maureen N. McLane

Three Poems

Maureen N. McLane

Mz N Nothing, Mz N Enough, Mz N Goodbye Hello, Mz N Considers the Years and Centuries

The Underworld

Brian Swann

Fidelity and the Dead Singer

Isaac Cates

for Michael Donaghy


The Sound of Silence

Sudip Bose

Jean Sibelius and the symphony that never was

The Hapless Hero

Michael Upchurch

What can comedian Nathan Fielder do for you?

Birds of a Feather

Our Editors

An ornithological mural takes flight