Winter 2010 Issue


Editor's Note

Security Check

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Autumn Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Rwanda: 'Our Big Mistake'

Sarah Kenyon Lischer

Works in Progress

Somewhere That’s Green

Jennifer Henderson

Lies, Damned Lies, and Research

Elyse Graham

Aria Robotica

Chloe Taft

Dead Serious, and Yet Flaky

Sam Kean

Literature in the Time of Katrina

Werner Sollors

Harvested, But Not Forgotten

Jessica Wilde

Tuning Up

Go-o-o-o, Lemmings!

Brian Doyle

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

Writing English as a Second Language

William Zinsser

Book Essay

Shylock, My Students, and Me

Paula Marantz Cohen

Book Reviews

Science Doubters

Natalie Angier

Laissez-Faire Run Amok

Ethan Fishman

Riffs and Raptures

Sarah L. Courteau

Wrestling the Moose

Miranda Weiss

The Tales Buildings Tell

Stanley Abercrombie

Through Fire and Flood

Jay Parini


My Brain on My Mind

Priscilla Long

The ABCs of the thrumming, plastic mystery that allows us to think, feel, and remember

The Stolen Election

Gelareh Asayesh

An expatriate Iranian writer travels her troubled homeland in the weeks after a disputed presidential vote

Seventy Years Later

John Lukacs

The Second World War destroyed Adolf Hitler, but his legacy is showing disturbing signs of life

Strange Matter

John Olson

The physics and poetics of the search for the God particle

Wrestling with Two Behemoths

Ved Mehta

A longtime New Yorker, and New Yorker writer, gets the cold shoulder from powerful New York cultural institutions


The Blue Birds Come Today
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Laura Furman

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Mark Jude Poirier


Karl Kirchwey's Forge of Love
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Langdon Hammer

Four Poems
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Karl Kirchwey

The Study
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Rachel Hadas


Offbeat at the Apollo

Wendy Smith

Elvis Costello’s cable TV show, Spectacle, ranges across musical genres and centuries