Cover Story

A Brief History of Secession

Why Calexit might not be as crazy as you think

by Richard Striner

Articles

On Political Correctness

Power, class, and the new campus religion

by William Deresiewicz

Interstates

How My Italian-American husband ate his way into the good graces of my African-American family

by Emily Bernard

The Cloistered Books of Peru

A convent in the Andes is home to a treasure trove of rare, and possibly unique, early volumes

by Helen Hazen

Keeping Faith

After a loss from which there is no recovery, I turned to books—not for solace or forgetting, but simply to survive

by Mark Lane

The Ultimate Pawn Sacrifice

My brother’s life mirrored that of Bobby Fischer, the deeply troubled chess master

by Jay Neugeboren

Departments

Editor's Note

Grace

Robert Wilson

Letters From …

Athens: Rocking the Cradle of Democracy

John Psaropoulos

American Places

Skagit Valley, Washington

Christine Sharp

Works in Progress

Boom and Bust

Eli Reichman

A More Mindful Economy

Clair Brown

Spheres of Influence

Elyse Graham

Alaska’s Close-Up

Noelani Kirschner

The Virtual Forest

Vanessa Schipani

Fast Food’s Urban Invasion

Naa Oyo A. Kwate

Commonplace Book

Spring 2017

Anne Matthews

Book Essay

Found in Translation

Piotr Florczyk

Book Reviews

More Than Human

Michael Shermer

Robocops and Robbers

Jill Leovy

One Nation Under God

Dennis Covington

“Time to Plant Tears”

Dana Gioia

Taking Old Abe to Task

David S. Reynolds

Travels in Literary Time

Jay Parini

Fiction

Darkspur

Dennis McFarland

Poetry

Shorter Means Sweeter

Langdon Hammer

Six Poems

Stephen Burt

Arts

Scenes from a Lost World

Remember when urban life was gritty and bleak, but also poetic?

Robert Campbell

Some Perspective, Please

Why is the age-old technique of representing three dimensions so maligned today?

Lincoln Perry

Tuning Up

(Full Disclosure)

Conflicts, more or less of interest

Ann Beattie