Summer 2015 Issue


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Responses to Our Spring 2015 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Letter from Myanmar: A Glimmer of Hope

Ingrid McDonald

Works in Progress

Pungent Metaphors

Chloe Taft

You’d Look Great in This Model

Vicki Valosik

The Case of the Widening Gap

Adam Benforado

Darwin’s Voyage Continues

Emily Ochoa

Assembly Required (Tools Included)

Sara Goudarzi

Ahead of the Curve?

Stephanie Bastek

One Chaser’s Quest

Jennifer Henderson

Commonplace Book

Summer 2015

Anne Matthews

Book Reviews

It Takes a Laboratory

Sam Kean

Boldly Going No More

Nathalie Lagerfeld


S. C. Gwynne

Big Shoulders

Louise Fabiani

The Paper Chase

Werner Gundersheimer

Fantastic Four

Jan Morris

Back Talk

Coming Up Trumps

Ralph Keyes


The Examined Lie

James McWilliams

A meditation on memory

Talk of the Town

Robert A. Gross

At the Concord Lyceum, Emerson tried out his lectures on his neighbors

Matters of Taste

Paul Lukacs

A work of literature and a bottle of wine require similar skills of their respective critics

The Wandering Years

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The travel journals of a literary icon making his way in the world

My Mother’s Yiddish

Phyllis Rose

The music of my childhood was a language filled with endearments and rebukes, and frequent misunderstandings

Net Gains

Robert Roper

Nabokov's profitable summer chasing butterflies and settling scores in the Utah mountains

Saigon Summer

Sarah Mansfield Taber

A spy’s daughter remembers the haunting unreality of embassy life in South Vietnam before the fall


N Judah

Robert Cohen

A Diptych Translated from Scratch
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Mark Budman


The Foundling Tokens
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Robert Pinsky

Three Données
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Ange Mlinko


Southern Exposure

Andy Grundberg

Inspired by the structures and landscapes of rural Alabama, photographer William Christenberry has spun a narrative that is long, rich, and universal

Cold Truths

Wendy Smith

The Iceman Cometh and the destructiveness of dreams

Strong but Quiet

Ingrid D. Rowland

The achievement of Andrea del Sarto