Summer 2015

Cover Story

The Examined Lie

A meditation on memory

by James McWilliams


Talk of the Town

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

by Robert A. Gross

Matters of Taste

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

by Paul Lukacs

The Wandering Years

Read the travel journals of literary icon Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who died yesterday at 101

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

My Mother’s Yiddish

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

by Phyllis Rose

Net Gains

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

by Robert Roper

Saigon Summer

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

by Sara Mansfield Taber