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


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson

Letters From …

Côte d’Ivoire: Smart Girls

Julia Lichtblau

American Places

The Backroads of New Mexico

Jennifer Cavan

Works in Progress

Full Steam Ahead

Dan Westergren

Spies Like Us

John Hughes-Wilson

Gratitude for a Femme Fatale

Peter Carlson

A Museum for the People Behind the Volumes

Margaret Foster

Widening the Whistleblower’s Reach

Gwendolyn Purdom

Ulysses: The Video Game

Elyse Graham

Commonplace Book

Winter 2017

Anne Matthews

Book Essay

The Gogol Notebook

Angela Davis-Gardner

Book Reviews

Selective Memory

Christoph Irmscher

Controlled Experiments

Aileen M. Kelly

Too Much Poetic License

Andrew Motion

Sisters of the Night Sky

Sam Kean

Feeling No Pain

Nathalie Lagerfeld


Come, Labor On

Tom Jenks


Just Saying

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

David Barber


The Lightness of Errol Flynn

In praise of the irresistible swashbuckler

Brian Doyle

The Old Master

Neville Marriner breathed new life into Baroque music, with a sense of drive and panache

Sudip Bose

Tuning Up

Waiting With Kipling

Kim, the Stoics, and the voices from my past

Rachel Hadas