Winter 2008 Issue


Editor's Note

Balancing Acts

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Autumn Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Vienna: Trapped in a Golden Age

Alexandra Starr

Tuning Up

Sign Language

Charles Trueheart

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Book Essay

Souls Hungering After Meaning

Michael Dirda

Book Reviews

The Work of Death

Ernest B. Furgurson

Subjectivity Is All

Robert Campbell

The Casserole Inquisition

Sandra M. Gilbert

Wry Eye on the Bard

John F. Andrews

Latin’s Eminent Career

A. E. Stallings

A Long Walk in the New World

Robert Wilson


Who Cares About Executive Supremacy?

Lincoln Caplan

The scope of presidential power is the most urgent and the most ignored legal and political issue of our time

Moral Principle vs. Military Necessity

David Bosco

The first code of conduct during warfare, created by a Civil War–era Prussian immigrant, reflected ambiguities we struggle with to this day

Dreaming of a Democratic Russia

Sarah E. Mendelson

Memories of a year in Moscow promoting a post-Soviet political process, an undertaking that now seems futile

The Daily Miracle

William Zinsser

Life with the mavericks and oddballs at the Herald Tribune

Cuss Time

Jill McCorkle

By limiting freedom of expression, we take away thoughts and ideas before they have the opportunity to hatch

Alone at the Movies

Mark Edmundson

My days in the dark with Robert Altman and Woody Allen

Balanchine’s Cabinet

Ann Hagman Cardinal

A young woman wins a drawing and learns to give and to receive


Jennifer Sinor

As a beloved uncle makes his final journey in the wilderness, a new life begins

Findings: For Jacques Barzun on his 100th Birthday

Robert Wilson


The Leap

Roxana Robinson

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Amy Hempel


The Long Hall
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Rachel Hadas

Two Poems
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Stephen Cushman

Windy Ode
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Debora Greger


On the Road to Nowhere

John Patrick Diggins

Tom Stoppard’s Russian intellectuals take a wrong turn with Hegel, just as Edmund Wilson once did with Marx

The Quiet Sideman

Colin Fleming

Tenor saxist ‘Chu’ Berry emerged from the pack at the end of his short life