Winter 2009

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ARTICLES

The Future of the American Frontier

Can one of our most enduring national myths, much in evidence in the recent presidential

Affirmative Action and After

Now is the time to reconsider a policy that must eventually change. But simply replacing

Spies Among Us

Military snooping on civilians, which escalated in the turbulent '60s, never entirely went away and

A Country for Old Men

Having reached the shores of seniority himself, the author finds a surprising contentment in the

Collateral Damage

The Civil War only enhanced George Whitman's soldierly satisfaction; for his brother Walt, however, the

My Bright Abyss

I never felt the pain of unbelief until I believed. But belief itself is hardly

The Future of the American Frontier

Can one of our most enduring national myths, much in evidence in the recent presidential

Affirmative Action and After

Now is the time to reconsider a policy that must eventually change. But simply replacing

Spies Among Us

Military snooping on civilians, which escalated in the turbulent '60s, never entirely went away and

A Country for Old Men

Having reached the shores of seniority himself, the author finds a surprising contentment in the

Collateral Damage

The Civil War only enhanced George Whitman's soldierly satisfaction; for his brother Walt, however, the

My Bright Abyss

I never felt the pain of unbelief until I believed. But belief itself is hardly

The High Road to Narnia

C. S. Lewis and his friend J. R. R. Tolkien believed that truths are universal

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DEPARTMENTS

editor's note

tuning up

‘HD 11964 d’ by Any Other Name

What to call the planets we find beyond our solar system?

poetry

anniversaries

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fiction

commonplace book

Book essay

Lunching on Olympus

My meals with W. H. Auden, E. M. Forster, Philip Larkin, and William Empson

book reviews

Cal & Liz & Ted & Sylvia

The corresponding prose of midcentury poets

A Passion for Architecture

Nuggets from a critical gold mine

Let Me Count the Ways

Are we getting more obsessive or more compulsive about diagnosing?

Lucid Madness

A massacre of Apache women and children, and the difficulties of telling their story

Of Time and the Camera

An art critic and historian turns his attention to contemporary photography