Cover Story

In the Labyrinth of #MeToo

Addressing sexual aggression and power in contemporary society also means questioning what the feminist movement has really been about

by Sandra M. Gilbert


Working for Bobby

Fifty years ago, I campaigned for RFK for president, and was nearby when the dream died with him

by Steven L. Isenberg

The End of Liberalism

What happens when public opinion is diminished and popular sentiment is aroused

by John Lukacs


The stones, shimmering and precious, connect a writer to her generous, enigmatic mother

by Sheila Kohler

In Search of Lost Travels

How remembrances from far away steel the soul

by Jeffrey Tayler

Home, Home On the Road

His father’s long-time obsession with recreational vehicles leads a writer to hit the highway

by David Owen


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson

American Places

South Manitou Island

Randi Ford

Works in Progress

Under the Passaic Falls

Noelani Kirschner

The Traveler in a Shrinking World

Jeffrey Tayler

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Katy Kelleher

The Song Spectrum

Marcus Banks

Into the Quaking Mirror

Larry Woiwode

Talking It Out

Brad Edmondson

Commonplace Book

Summer 2018

Anne Matthews

Book Essay

Force of Nature

Jeff Wheelwright

Book Reviews

Robben Island Days

Douglas Foster

Monstrous Achievement

Valerie Martin

A Life’s Work Gone to Seed

Verlyn Klinkenborg

Everything Was Radiant

Kristen Iversen

“I Figured What the Hell”

Graeme Wood

Split Decisions

Richard Restak


We Can’t Make You Whole Again

Stephen Goodwin

Normal Life

Olivia Clare

The Island

Tony Eprile



On the poetry of Christian Wiman

Langdon Hammer

Five Poems

“Spirits,” “The Priest at the Pool Party,” “A McDonald’s in Middle America,” “Joy,” and “Land’s End”

Christian Wiman


Bibhu Padhi


Concerto in Beans and Rice

Jazz maestro Paquito D’Rivera turns 70 this year, with a major collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma in the works

David Grogan

A Century at the Muny

The open-air St. Louis theater, set to undergo a renovation this fall, is a beloved summertime institution

Wendy Smith

Tuning Up

One April Day

A death, a book, an art show, and a promise of magnolia blossoms

Rachel Hadas