Who Cares About Executive Supremacy?

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

by Lincoln Caplan

Moral Principle vs. Military Necessity

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

by David Bosco

Dreaming of a Democratic Russia

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

by Sarah E. Mendelson

The Daily Miracle

Life with the mavericks and oddballs at the Herald Tribune

by William Zinsser

Cuss Time

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

by Jill McCorkle

Alone at the Movies

My days in the dark with Robert Altman and Woody Allen

by Mark Edmundson

Balanchine’s Cabinet

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

by Ann Hagman Cardinal


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

by Jennifer Sinor


Editor's Note

Balancing Acts

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Autumn Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Vienna: Trapped in a Golden Age

Alexandra Starr

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


The Leap

Roxana Robinson


Amy Hempel


The Long Hall

Rachel Hadas

Two Poems

Stephen Cushman

Windy Ode

Debora Greger


On the Road to Nowhere

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

John Patrick Diggins

The Quiet Sideman

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

Colin Fleming

Tuning Up

Sign Language

At their best, pictograms tell us clearly where to go and what to do; at their worst, things can get interesting

Charles Trueheart