Summer 2009 Issue


Editor's Note

War Stories

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Spring Issue

Our readers

Tuning Up

Sesquicentennial Excess

Christopher Clausen

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

Extralocal History

Jared Farmer

Book Essay

Remembering John Updike

William H. Pritchard

Book Reviews

Barbarian Virtues

Patricia O’Toole

Jungle Bungle

Wayne Curtis

Gross Anatomy

Richard McCann

The Lost Village

Nathalie Handal

Pilgrim of Eternity

William Giraldi


Not Ready for Mt. Rushmore

Matthew Dallek

Reconciling the myth of Ronald Reagan with the reality

Shock Waves

Bethany Vaccaro

A blast in Baghdad tests the endurance of a soldier and his family

The Devil You Know

John B. Renehan

Keeping the peace in Ramadi calls for a little moral dexterity

Blue-Collar Brilliance

Mike Rose

Questioning assumptions about intelligence, work, and social class

Enough Already

Mark Edmundson

What I'd really like to tell the bores in my life

Words Apart

Witold Rybczynski

A writer in Quebec finds that language creates an unbridgeable divide

Any Way You Slice It

Rob Gurwitt

Sundays at the community oven aren't just about the pizza


Précautions Inutiles
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Thornton Wilder

Driving to the Moon
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Jill McCorkle


Gary Snyder's Long View
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Langdon Hammer

Four Poems
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Gary Snyder

Star Picture Tipi of Black Magpie
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Dolores Hayden


The Meaning Behind the Lines

Wendy Smith

How Ibsen's toughness and Chekhov's tenderness transformed American playwriting and acting