What the Earth Knows

Understanding the concept of geologic time and some basic science can give a new perspective on climate change and the energy future

by Robert B. Laughlin

All Style, No Substance

What’s wrong with the State Department’s public diplomacy effort

by Amitai Etzioni

Too Bad Not to Fail

Just what are derivatives, and how much more damage can they do?

by William J. Quirk

Voices of a Nation

In the 19th century, American writers struggled to discover who they were and who we are

by Brenda Wineapple

Hive of Nerves

To be alive spiritually is to feel the ultimate anxiety of existence within the trivial anxieties of everyday life

by Christian Wiman

The Bearable Lightness of Being

If you live long enough and contentedly enough in exile, your feelings of estrangement can evolve into a sense of living two lives at once

by Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough


Editor's Note

Earth Time

Robert Wilson

Letters From …

Afghanistan: ‘So This Is Paktya’

Neil Shea

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

Lost Classics

Daniel Mendelsohn


The Old Murderer

Charles Baxter


Roxana Robinson


Step Right Up: Paul Muldoon

Langdon Hammer

The Side Project

Paul Muldoon


Tuning Up

Spaced Out in the City

Edward Hoagland