Cover Story

School Reform Fails the Test

How can our schools get better when we’ve made our teachers the problem and not the solution?

by Mike Rose


Habits of Mind

Why college students who do serious historical research become independent, analytical thinkers

by Anthony Grafton and James Grossman

What I Have Taught—and Learned

After 50 years as a professor, I understand that my job is to make students think hard about thinking

by William M. Chace


Donald Hall, a former poet laureate of the United States, died on June 23 at age 89. This essay about life on Eagle Pond Farm in New Hampshire, where Hall lived and worked for more than 40 years, appeared in our Winter 2015 issue.

by Donald Hall

For Better and for Worse

The aftermath of a disorienting divorce

by Clellan Coe

Traveling Corpse

How an American sergeant’s journey through frigid North Russia inspired a work of historical fiction

by Andrea Barrett


Editor's Note

All Wrapped Up

Robert Wilson

Letter From …

Letter from Haiti: After the Earthquake

Madison Smartt Bell

Tuning Up

Jazz and Bras

Brian Doyle

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews


At the Executioner’s Table

Julie Schumacher


The Algorithmic Sublime

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

Adam Fitzgerald

Works in Progress

Wat Wreck

Stephanie Bastek

Shots in the Dark

Emily Ochoa

Lincoln and the Fourth Estate

Harold Holzer

Dark and Windy Night

Jennifer Henderson

Heart Devices and Desires

Vicki Valosik

Have Sketchbooks, Will Travel

Chloe Taft

One Small Step Toward Silicon Valley?

Tom Bentley

Back Talk

-Ize on the Prize

Ralph Keyes


Songs of Innocence and Experience

On Schubert’s sublime late vocal masterwork

Ian Bostridge

Feast Your Eyes on This

What does the flurry for recent food movies say about our obsessions with all things culinary?

Sandra M. Gilbert

The Director Who Named Names

Reconsidering the legacy of Elia Kazan

Wendy Smith

Book Essay

Book Reviews

Persecution Complex

A young Bolshevik revolutionary's unlikely and bloody rise to power

Gary Saul Morson

The Crisis Up Close

Wandering our warming world

Natalie Angier

Cruel Spring

A dark time in the city of light

Charles Trueheart

To Flee or Not to Flee

The stigma of failed courage

Jennifer Michael Hecht

Champion of Modernism

A literary life on the edge

John Tytell

Breaking the Bonds

How runaway slaves got North

Louis P. Masur

Hell and Back

Phil Klay