Summer 2021

Cover Story

Rewilding Our Minds

Why nature is so necessary during the pandemic—and how we repay the debt

by Lucy Jones

Articles

Of Plagues and Prejudice

Whether cholera or Covid-19, epidemic disease can reveal what is hidden—in ourselves and our societies

by Perri Klass

Black Turtlenecks, Hoop Earrings

Unruly girl-poets in the '50s

by Sandra M. Gilbert

Orange You Glad

What's it really like to be someone else?

by Clellan Coe

Washing Feet in Dolpo

On a medical mission at the top of the world, finding a healing dose of cheerful stoicism

by William deBuys

The Power of Restraint

We must find a better way to commemorate 9/11

by Andrew Levy

Departments

Book Essay

Remembering Brad

Remembering Brad

What a stroke of luck when some of your favorite books were written by one of your dearest friends

David Gessner

Book Reviews

Lessons in Abstraction

Lessons in Abstraction

The strange life of Europe’s most overlooked modernist

Andrea Scrima
From Mojave to the Moon

From Mojave to the Moon

The new space race looks to put the superrich into orbit

M. G. Lord
Companions Through Time

Companions Through Time

A writer traces the footsteps of an Italian revolutionary icon

N. S. Thompson
Physics for the Feeble-Minded

Physics for the Feeble-Minded

A crash course on our boundlessly bizarre universe

Jethro K. Lieberman
E Pluribus Unum?

E Pluribus Unum?

Our national identity has always been hotly contested

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen
Deep-Rooted Communities

Deep-Rooted Communities

Our woods are connected by a hidden underground network

Miranda Weiss
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