Summer 2011 Issue


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Responses to our Spring 2011 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

The Mexican Border: Crossing a Cultural Divide

Reed Karaim

Works in Progress

Where the Wild Things Are

Vanessa Schipani

Pieces of the Alzheimer's Puzzle

Jennifer Henderson

Feminism, Plus 50

Stephanie Coontz

Twain Abroad

Will Yandik

Sound Bites

Chloe Taft

The Love Song of J. Jacob Glessner

Allen Freeman

Mapping Microbes

Vanessa Schipani

Not Rocket Science

Jennifer Henderson

Tuning Up

Why I Love You

David Lehman

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure


Paula Marantz Cohen

Book Essay

Ardent Spirit, Generous Friend

David Guy

Book Reviews

The Inside Track

Mark Hertsgaard

Full Bloom

Michael Dirda

Frozen Assets

Hampton Sides

Deep Trouble

Emily Bernard

Deep Trouble

Richard Ellis


James Gibney

A Survey and an Assertion

Carlin Romano

Beyond Nerves

Laure Murat


Flacking for Big Pharma

Harriet A. Washington

Drugmakers don’t just compromise doctors; they also undermine top medical journals and skew medical research

Making Sparks Fly

Mike Rose

How occupational education can lead to a love of learning for its own sake

In the Orbit of Copernicus

Owen Gingerich

A discovery of the great astronomer's bones, and their reburial in Poland

Plunging to Earth

Robert Zaretsky

Once the sport of daredevils, skydiving now offers it existential thrills to grandmothers, pudgy geeks, and even the occasional college professor

The Forgotten Churchill

George Watson

The man who stared down Hitler also helped create the modern welfare state

Plucked from the Grave

Debra Gwartney

The first female missionary to cross the Continental Divide came to a gruesome end partly caused by her own zeal. What can we learn from her?


Virgin Summer

John Rolfe Gardiner


Letting Go: Ellen Bryant Voigt

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems
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Ellen Bryant Voigt

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Annie Finch

Two Poems
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Brian Doyle

An Opportunity
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Erica McAlpine


A Speck of Showmanship

Ernest B. Furgurson

Is that Pulix irritans pulling that carriage, or is someone just pulling our leg?