Winter 2014 Issue



Responses to Our Autumn 2013 Issue

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Letters From …

Letter from Benghazi: After the Revolution

Clare Morgana Gillis

Works in Progress

Strings Attached

Chloe Taft

Big Time

Tom Bentley

From Superman to Everyman

Vicki Valosik

Once and Future Warfare

Ian Morris

Plum Local

Leah Jacobs

More Than Meets the Eye

Emily Ochoa

Here’s Looking at You

Sasha Ingber

Tuning Up

Night Train to Gijón

Clellan Coe

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Book Essay

The Novels Don’t Change, But We Do
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Wendy Smith

Book Reviews

The Best Course

Michael Dirda

The After-War

Neil Shea

Dean of Satire

George O’Brien

Abolition Gone Wrong

Fergus M. Bordewich

Ministry of Talent

Ernest B. Furgurson

Back Talk

Lingua Americana

Ralph Keyes


Where Are the People?

Jim Hinch

Evangelical Christianity in America is losing its power—what happened to Orange County’s Crystal Cathedral shows why

My Kingdom for a Wave

Amitai Etzioni

If your life as a public intellectual takes you to the highest crests, be prepared for the troughs that follow

My Friend Melanie Has Breast Cancer

Anna Blackmon Moore

How it might have happened, and why we are looking in the wrong places to prevent similar cases

Homeless in the City

Theodore Walther

A writer describes the decade he has spent living on the streets

Our Farm, My Inspiration

Maxine Kumin

How a weekend getaway became a poet’s muse


Paul West

My many mentors at Oxford, from Lincoln College to All Souls, linger like spirits in the mind

Eric Rohmer and Me

André Aciman

What a classic film from the French new wave taught me about the illusions of my youth


Handsome Boy
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Dennis McFarland

The News of the World

Mario Rigoni Stern


Creative Paralysis

Langdon Hammer

The poetry of Louise Glück

Two Poems
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Louise Glück


Incident at Mittersill

Sudip Bose

A new opera explores the mysterious death of the composer Anton Webern