Summer 2009 Issue

Departments

Editor's Note

War Stories

Robert Wilson

Letters

Response to Our Spring Issue

Our readers

Tuning Up

Sesquicentennial Excess

Christopher Clausen

Commonplace Book

Hypocrisy

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

Articles

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


Fiction

Précautions Inutiles
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Thornton Wilder


Driving to the Moon
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Jill McCorkle


Poetry

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


Arts

The Meaning Behind the Lines

Wendy Smith

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