Summer 2012

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

Letter From …

Kufra: Libya’s Poisoned Oasis

Clare Morgana Gillis

Book Essay

An Unquenchable Gaiety of Mind

On visits to Cambridge University late in life, Jorge Luis Borges offered revealing last thoughts about his reading and writing

George Watson

Book Reviews

Risky Journeys

Risky Journeys

A cautionary tale of quixotic ambition and heroic achievement

George O’Brien
Coming of Age

Coming of Age

Three bright young American women in the City of Light

Rachel Morris
Cradle to Grave

Cradle to Grave

The games we play and the arguments we have

Sissela Bok
Con Man

Con Man

A writer catalogs his great-grandfather’s infamous crimes

Brenda Wineapple
Artful Lies

Artful Lies

A deception signals a new age

Graeme Wood