How to Pay for What We Need

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

by Richard Striner

The Gravity of Falling

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

by Edward Hoagland

A Jew in the Northwest

Exile, ethnicity, and the search for the perfect futon

by William Deresiewicz

His Hour Upon the Stage

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

by Douglas L. Wilson

St. Augustine and the Hall of Memory

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

by Greta Austin

The Witch Temple of Mehandipur

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

by Edward Hower


Editor's Note

Printing Money

Robert Wilson

Letter From …

Stuttgart: Continental Drifter

Olufemi Terry

Tuning Up

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

Brian Doyle and Pico Iyer


Tom, Dick, and Pat

Thomas Mallon

S. faux

Edith Pearlman

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews


Reversal of Fortune

James Trilling


Hearing Mandelstam

Langdon Hammer

Five Poems

Osip Mandelstam

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

Point of Departure

The Grammarian Was a He

Jessica Love

Book Essay

Sex and the Single Woman

Rediscovering the novels of Iris Owens

Lisa Zeidner

Book Reviews

Big Thinker

The diplomat who argued for “containment”—and lived to regret it

James Gibney

The Nature of Things

An ancient poem’s appeal

Sissela Bok

Irregular Guy

The sage of Baker Street

William Howarth

Memento Mori

A mother’s grief

Britt Peterson

Fields Apart

Physics, past and future

Sam Kean

Virtual Vigilantes

A tale of crime online

Rachel Hartigan Shea

Identity Crisis

Who was the real Tolstoy?

Marshall Poe