Winter 2013 Issue


Editor's Note

Monkey Business

Robert Wilson


Responses to Our Autumn 2012 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Madrid: Dignity and Indignation

Aaron Shulman

Works in Progress


Jennifer Henderson


Emily Ochoa

Drawing Conclusions

Chloe Taft

Walk This Way

Jeff Speck

Willy Wonka, M.D.

Tom Bentley

Unearthing With Google

Jessica Wilde

Leaf It to a Physicist

Sam Kean

Update, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Allen Freeman

Tuning Up

It’s Only Oblivion

Debra Monroe

Commonplace Book

The Rich

Anne Matthews

Book Essay

Happily Ever After

Wendy Smith

Book Reviews

Totalitarianism in Practice

Gary Saul Morson

No Sentiment

Peter Fritzsche

Fantastic Visions

T. M. Luhrmann

Paint Fight

Ingrid D. Rowland


A New Birth of Reason

Susan Jacoby

Robert Ingersoll, the Great Agnostic, inspired late-19th-century Americans to uphold the founders’ belief in separation of church and state

On Friendship

Edward Hoagland

The intimacies shared with our closest companions keep us anchored, vital, and alive

Our Imperiled World

Owen Gingerich

It took billions of years to make the earth habitable for humans. A distinguished astronomer warns the United Nations how quickly that can be reversed.

Water in the Empty Part of the Map

Sierra Bellows

The treacherous quest for the source of the Nile was the downfall of John Hanning Speke

Survival Skills at a School in LA

Anne P. Beatty

Street killings of students are so familiar in South Central that kids practice their own grim rituals

A Song for Molly

Jeremy Bernstein

In which I tell how I fell hard for a dog, why I have problems with women, and what I know about Ludwig Wittgenstein


Wait and See

Edith Pearlman


David Huddle


Old Gods and Young Ghosts

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

Robin Robertson


Eviction Noticed

Bruce Falconer

Gentrification in Berlin shutters a bombed-out building where artists had squatted since the Wall came down