Winter 2017

Cover Story

“We Must Not Be Enemies”

Progressives who wish for a less reactionary America could begin by trying to understand the Trump voter

by Amitai Etzioni


Milton Friedman’s Misadventures in China

The stubborn advocate of free markets tangles with the ideologues of a state-run economy

by Julian B. Gewirtz

The Life Unlived

On W. G. Sebald and the uncertainties of time

by André Aciman

Good Neighbors

When beavers came between us and a farmer down the road, we knew something more was at stake

by Tamara Dean


A life spent mainly in the company of cats has meant relishing the comforts of domesticity and solitude

by Kyoko Mori

Tales From Motor City

Left for dead yet pulsing with life again, Detroit survives as a place of inconsistency and contradiction

by Laura Bernstein-Machlay

The Last Bursts of Memory

As my father’s dementia progressed, the stories of his life became less accurate but more vivid

by James VanOosting


Book Essay

The Gogol Notebook

The Gogol Notebook

Remembering Randall Jarrell’s passionate lectures on Russian literature and discovering the pangs of alienation that plagued the poet during his final years

Angela Davis-Gardner

Book Reviews

Selective Memory

Selective Memory

Ideas do not always catch on right away

Christoph Irmscher
Controlled  Experiments

Controlled Experiments

The Soviet Union’s ideological and inefficient view of science

Aileen M. Kelly
Too Much  Poetic License

Too Much Poetic License

An attempt to identify the object of the Bard’s affections

Andrew Motion
Sisters of the Night Sky

Sisters of the Night Sky

The pioneering female scientists who first charted the universe

Sam Kean
Feeling No Pain

Feeling No Pain

A philosopher argues we should not be misled by our hearts

Nathalie Lagerfeld