The Glue Is Gone

The things that held us together as individuals and as a people are being lost. Can we find them again?

by Edward Hoagland

So Help Me God

What all fifty-four inaugural addresses, taken as one long book, tell us about American history

by Ted Widmer

What We Got Wrong

How Arabs look at the self, their society, and their political institutions

by Lawrence Rosen

The Coming of the French

My life as an English professor

by Phyllis Rose

The Software Wars

Why you can't understand your computer

by Paul De Palma

The Crooner and the Physicist

Jacques Brel and The New Yorker profile that never reached critical mass

by Jeremy Bernstein

A Sturdy Man

Notes on a human symphony

by Brian Doyle

Findings: Another Washington Leak

by Patricia O’Toole


Editor's Note

Fear Itself

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Autumn Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Paris: The Death of Derrida

Charles Trueheart

Commonplace Book


André Bernard

Book Essay

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Suzanne Freeman

Book Reviews

Thoreau’s Landscape Within

Kent C. Ryden

Rocket Men

Michael Upchurch

The Peculiar Intellectual

Richard E. Nicholls

What Einstein Knew

Tony Rothman

One Bad Husband

Alison Lurie



Two Formalists

Remembering Thom Gunn and Anthony Hecht

Langdon Hammer


Point and Shoot

How the Abu Ghraib images redefine photography

Andy Grundberg

"I Can't Believe I'm Doing It with Madame Bovary"

Learning to write musical comedy

Jonathan Karp

In Praise of Flubs

The pursuit of perfection has taken all the personality out of recorded classical music

Sudip Bose

The Industrial-Strength Humanist

J. Irwin Miller knew how to get things built

Robert Campbell

Tuning Up