Summer 2017 Issue


Editor's Note

Breach of Faith

Robert Wilson


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Letters From …

Fontaine-de-Vaucluse: Where the Waters Speak of Love

Jeffrey Tayler

Works in Progress

Industrial Evolution

Alyssa Schukar

Digging Into the Future

Eric H. Cline

Virtual Vellum

Noelani Kirschner

Chasing Henrietta

Andrea Barrett

Unstacking the Deck

Sara Goudarzi

Canis Sapiens

Elyse Graham

Tuning Up

My Mentor

Susan Minot

Commonplace Book

Summer 2017

Anne Matthews

Book Essay

Remembering Bob Silvers

Garry Wills

Book Reviews

It’s Complicated

Michael Shermer

Waking From the Dream

Nancy Isenberg

Not by Taste Alone

Tim Carman

England, My England

Jan Morris

Back From Oblivion

Dana Gioia

Broken Bodies, Broken Forms

Roy Scranton

“I Will Die a Russian”

Sarah Mansfield Taber

American Places

Back Bay Aerial View

Joel Babb


Our Nuclear Future

Jeffrey Lewis

We may think the bomb is back, but it never really went away

Dishonorable Behavior

Elizabeth D. Samet

The scourge of military sexual assault and the warrior’s masculine code

Reading Thoreau at 200

William Howarth

Why is the seminal work of the great American transcendentalist held in such scorn today?

My Mongolian Spot

Jennifer Hope Choi

An ephemeral birthmark is a rare gift, connecting me to generations spanning the centuries

Things Sweet to Taste

Leslie Stainton

Much to my regret, I never truly knew the woman who helped raise me

Goodbye to Westbrook Acres

Andrew Hudgins

As a writer walks and muses, the world’s sorrows intrude upon the peaceful streets he will be leaving



Ralph Lombreglia

When a New York neighborhood secedes, a veteran rockstar finds himself on the outs


Sound and Sense

Langdon Hammer

Five Poems
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Mary Jo Salter


A Legacy in Ruins

Cathy Otten

What now for Iraq’s Mosul Museum, recently liberated from ISIS?

A Wink and a Nod

Adam Begley

The French artist Nadar at his most subversive and sly

Prometheus Unbound

Jerome Charyn

Emily Dickinson comes confidently alive