Summer 2005

Articles

Accidental Elegance

How chance authors the universe

by Mary Beth Saffo

Genome Tome

Twenty-three ways of looking at our ancestors

by Priscilla Long

Turning the Tide

How Rachel Carson became a woman of letters

by William Howarth

Not So Fast with the DDT

Rachel Carson's warnings still apply

by Reed Karaim

Roosevelt Redux: Part Two

Robert M. Ball and the battle for Social Security

by Thomas N. Bethell

Summer Visitors

Buy a house in Maine and they will come. And come.

by Ann Beattie

Hearing Is Believing

Ivory-billed sightings leave field biologists wanting to hear more

by Apurva Narechania

The Man Who Loved Cemeteries

Ted Ashton Phillips, Jr., 1959-2005

by Allan Gurganus

Departments

Editor's Note

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Reason in the Sun

Robert Wilson

Letters

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Response to Our Spring Issue

Our readers

Letter From …

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Rome: The Keys to St. Peter's

Ingrid D. Rowland

Commonplace Book

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Sound

André Bernard

Book Essay

Book Reviews

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Words into Ploughshares

The Georgics in English just American enough

A. E. Stallings
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Universal Truths

The stories we've told ourselves about the heavens and the Earth

Jennifer Michael Hecht
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Moral Exemptions

Should the law give special rights to the religious?

R. Laurence Moore
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Canon Fodder

Works that Need Some Explanation

John Seelye
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An Epitapher of Literary Ghosts

William Dean Howells secured the reputations of others, but not his own

William P. Kelly
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Drinking in the Past

Six beverages that changed the world

Gary Cross
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Telltale Hearts

Sarah L. Courteau
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Sisyphus at Oxford

Caroline Preston
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Just Looking

Andrew Starner