Winter 2012 Issue


Editor's Note

Printing Money

Robert Wilson

Letters From …

Stuttgart: Continental Drifter

Olufemi Terry

Works in Progress

The Preservationist

Jessica Wilde

Literal Dissection

Chloe Taft

Big, Beautiful, and Very Bad

Jennifer Henderson

Sailing to Save the Seas

Vanessa Schipani

Touch of Evil

Cullen Murphy

A Shroud of Doubt

Sam Kean

Swords Into Plowshares

Darcy Courteau

Tuning Up

Mrs. Simmons, of Australia, Would Like You to Know

Brian Doyle and Pico Iyer

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Point of Departure

The Grammarian Was a He

Jessica Love

Book Essay

Sex and the Single Woman

Lisa Zeidner

Book Reviews

Big Thinker

James Gibney

The Nature of Things

Sissela Bok

Irregular Guy

William Howarth

Memento Mori

Britt Peterson

Fields Apart

Sam Kean

Virtual Vigilantes

Rachel Hartigan Shea

Identity Crisis

Marshall Poe


How to Pay for What We Need

Richard Striner

Congress could create money, as it did during the Civil War, funding public projects that shock the economy back to life

The Gravity of Falling

Edward Hoagland

Having hurtled through the American century, we are distracted and confused. But can we find our way again?

A Jew in the Northwest

William Deresiewicz

Exile, ethnicity, and the search for the perfect futon

His Hour Upon the Stage

Douglas L. Wilson

As a lifelong reader of Shakespeare’s plays, Lincoln had reservations about how they were presented

St. Augustine and the Hall of Memory

Greta Austin

Like the philosopher, my aunt kept house in her imagination, tending to the sensations and images of the past

The Witch Temple of Mehandipur

Edward Hower

To an Indian town the possessed come in droves, their families desperate to be rid of the evil that curses them


Tom, Dick, and Pat

Thomas Mallon

S. faux

Edith Pearlman

The metamorphosis of an unusual love


Hearing Mandelstam
Not available online

Langdon Hammer

Five Poems
Not available online

Osip Mandelstam

Translations by Christian Wiman


Reversal of Fortune

James Trilling

Sorting out contradictions in the work of Louis Sullivan, father of the skyscraper and innovator of beautiful ornament