Winter 2005 Issue

Departments

Editor's Note

Fear Itself

Robert Wilson

Letters

Response to Our Autumn Issue
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Paris: The Death of Derrida

Charles Trueheart

Commonplace Book

Change

André Bernard

Book Essay

End of Discussion

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

Articles

The Glue Is Gone

Edward Hoagland

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


So Help Me God

Ted Widmer

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


What We Got Wrong

Lawrence Rosen

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


The Coming of the French

Phyllis Rose

My life as an English professor


The Software Wars

Paul De Palma

Why you can't understand your computer


The Crooner and the Physicist

Jeremy Bernstein

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


A Sturdy Man

Brian Doyle

Notes on a human symphony


Findings: Another Washington Leak

Patricia O’Toole


Fiction

Poetry

Two Formalists
Not available online

Langdon Hammer

Remembering Thom Gunn and Anthony Hecht


Arts

Point and Shoot

Andy Grundberg

How the Abu Ghraib images redefine photography


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

Jonathan Karp

Learning to write musical comedy


In Praise of Flubs

Sudip Bose

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


The Industrial-Strength Humanist

Robert Campbell

J. Irwin Miller knew how to get things built