Winter 2011 Issue


Editor's Note

Beyond the Genteel

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Autumn Issue
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Our readers

Letters From …

Vietnam: ‘Good Memories, Bad War’

Christopher Davenport

Works in Progress

Thinking Outside the Vase

Emily Ochoa

The Future of the Book

André Schiffrin

If Music Be the Food of Love, Rock On

Will Yandik

Fabulous Pilobolus

Lindsey Oechsle

Rosie the Helpless Little Thing?

Jennifer Henderson

Out of Africa

Elyse Graham

Tuning Up

The Word Made Flesh

Colum McCann

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

Why I Don’t Give Tips on How to Write

William Zinsser

Book Essay

The Faux Arts

Edwin M. Yoder Jr.

Book Reviews

Tangled Up in Dylan

Louis P. Masur

Ode to Joy

Priscilla Long

Girl Power

Gelareh Asayesh

Tour de Horse

Andrew Graybill

Man of Letters

Jeremy Berlin

City Ways

John King

Big Muddy

Bruce Falconer


Affirmative Inaction

William M. Chace

Opposition to affirmative action has drastically reduced minority enrollment at public universities; private institutions have the power and the responsibility to reverse the trend

Unauthorized, But Not Untrue

Kitty Kelley

The real story of a biographer in a celebrity culture of public denials, media timidity, and legal threats

Empathy and Other Mysteries

Richard Restak

Neuroscientists are discovering things about the brain that answer questions philosophers have been asking for centuries

To Accept What Cannot Be Helped

Ann Hulbert

At 80, a woman with a fatal disease knows she doesn't want to die in the hospital and discovers, with her family, what that really means

The Seduction

Paula Marantz Cohen

After years of favoring the endurance-test approach to teaching literature, a professor focuses on how to make books spark to life for her students

The Passionate Encounter

Alfred Kazin

A noted midcentury critic has much to say in his journal about his fellow writers and the literary world they shared

Reassessing Rossellini

Joseph Luzzi

Restoration of Rome Open city, the director’s masterpiece, prompts a look at why he later retreated from the neorealism it introduced


Out of Order
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Mark Polanzak


Jerome Charyn


Expatriate’s Lament
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Langdon Hammer

Rereading Oliver Goldsmith’s “Deserted Village” in a Changed Ireland
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Eavan Boland

From The Book of Knowledge
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Cynthia Zarin

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