Cover Story

Our Nuclear Future

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

by Jeffrey Lewis


Dishonorable Behavior

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

by Elizabeth D. Samet

Reading Thoreau at 200

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

by William Howarth

My Mongolian Spot

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

by Jennifer Hope Choi

Things Sweet to Taste

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

by Leslie Stainton

Goodbye to Westbrook Acres

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

by Andrew Hudgins


Editor's Note

Breach of Faith

Robert Wilson

American Places

Back Bay Aerial View

Joel Babb

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

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



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

Ralph Lombreglia


Sound and Sense

Langdon Hammer

Five Poems

Mary Jo Salter


A Legacy in Ruins

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

Cathy Otten

A Wink and a Nod

The French artist Nadar at his most subversive and sly

Adam Begley

Prometheus Unbound

Emily Dickinson comes confidently alive

Jerome Charyn

Tuning Up

My Mentor

In remembrance of Ben Sonnenberg

Susan Minot