Winter 2006 Issue


Editor's Note

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Robert Wilson


Response to Our Autumn Issue
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Our readers

Letters From …

Mae La: An Eden with Barbed Wire
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David Summers

Commonplace Book

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André Bernard

Book Reviews

A Man in It

Garry Wills

Darwin's Greatest Discovery
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Francisco J. Ayala

A Cold Eye on the Cold War
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Stephen J. Whifield

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Sarah L. Courteau

Reading Lists
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Andrew Starner

Eminent Domain
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Daniel Reid


The Dispossessed

William Deresiewicz

First we stopped noticing members of the working class, and now we're convinced they don’t exist

The New Anti-Semitism

Bernard Lewis

First religion, then race, then what?

My Holocaust Problem

Arthur Krystal

If we cannot speak of it—though speak of it we must—how do we remember what happened to the Jews of Europe?

Palladio in the Rough

Witold Rybczynski

A South Carolinian builds classical revival houses that really look old

Fadeaway Jumper

Mark Edmundson

A Sunday-afternoon player of a certain age says his farewell to basketball

Flat Time

Robert Finch

The ebb and flow of life in a Newfoundland fishing village

Buster Brown's America

Jiri Wyatt

How a Jew from Slovakia became a Catholic from Manhattan, then fell from grace and turned into a real American

A Visit to Esperantoland

Arika Okrent

The natives want you to learn their invented language as a step toward world harmony. Who are these people?

The Lieutenant
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Brian Doyle

Inept in the art of warfare, this volunteer soldier succeeded on a different field

Findings: Honestly, Abe!
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Ted Widmer



The Bomb in the Sanctuary
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Langdon Hammer

Michael Longley, an Ulsterman in Arcadia

Seven Poems
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Michael Longley

Boy Shooting at a Statue
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Billy Collins


Brand-New Cities

Wayne Curtis

Frank Gehry's Bilbao Effect looks a lot like 1960s-style urban renewal

Lenny's Little Chats

Sudip Bose

Envy the children who learned music from the maestro, Leonard Bernstein

The One Who Went Before

Elizabeth Alexander

Remembering the playwright August Wilson, 1945-2005