Cover Story

Justice for Sale

How big money is overwhelming judicial elections and corroding our confidence in the courts

by Lincoln Caplan


The Right Honourable Mr. Burke

Impassioned orator, eloquent statesman, esteemed writer—but who was Edmund Burke the man?

by Brian Doyle

Living With Voices

A new way to deal with disturbing voices offers hope for those with other forms of psychosis

by T. M. Luhrmann

A Feast of Fat Things

After umpteen years of living in America, an English writer gives thanks for its salient pleasures

by Paul West

Yellow Journalist

Confessions of a novice writer at the New York Post

by Gerald Nachman

Rites of Passage

When a quirky old man who lived on the Cape died, I thought I didn’t care

by Steve Macone


Editor's Note

Hands Out

Robert Wilson

Letters From …

Kufra: Libya’s Poisoned Oasis

Clare Morgana Gillis

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

Eye of Newt

William Deresiewicz

Book Essay

An Unquenchable Gaiety of Mind

George Watson

Book Reviews

Risky Journeys

George O’Brien

Coming of Age

Rachel Morris

Cradle to Grave

Sissela Bok

Con Man

Brenda Wineapple

Artful Lies

Graeme Wood


Archy and Mehitabel

Jerome Charyn

Rings on Her Fingers

Sheila Kohler

Other People’s Love Affairs

D. Wystan Owen


The Upper Room

Spencer Reece

The Parson’s Tale

Langdon Hammer


Tuning Up

My Life as a Door

Not exactly Yeats, but noteworthy nonetheless

Robert Zaretsky