Winter 2018 Issue

Departments

Editor's Note

Playing Chicken

Robert Wilson

Letters

Responses to Our Autumn 2017 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Laos: What Lies Beneath

Karen Coates

Works in Progress

Home and Away

Nick Wagner

Bring Out Your Dead and Plant a Tree

Caitlin Doughty

Park Harvest

Rachel Adams

So You Think You Can Dance

Elyse Graham

About a Boy

David Lehman

Back in Circulation

Gwendolyn Purdom

Tuning Up

Against Wind and Tide

Clellan Coe

Commonplace Book

Winter 2018

Anne Matthews

Book Reviews

Why We Need Art

Natalie Angier

The Wanderer 

Michela Wrong

Bungle in the Jungle
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Charles Trueheart

The Colonial Melting Pot
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T. H. Breen

Paranoia Strikes Deep
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Jill Leovy

American Places

The El

Emily Rapport

Articles

Here’s the Beef with Chicken from China

James McWilliams

The Trump USDA favored a powerful lobby over American food safety


What Is Freedom of Conscience?
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Marilynne Robinson

Its long history in Europe and England prepared the American Revolution. Where has this trait gone?


Tuskegee Truth Teller
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Carl Elliott

Peter Buxtun, like many medical whistleblowers, got little thanks for exposing a notorious scandal


The Chief of Entertainers

David Grogan

Trumpet virtuoso Dizzy Gillespie was a jazz prophet, a musical genius, and a scatterbrained whirlwind


Tales of War and Redemption

Phil Klay

Even in the face of the ultimate human failing, we must be responsive to suffering and attuned to joy


“We’ll Do Everything We Can”
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Patrick Tripp

Sometimes, to save a patient, doctors must move beyond textbooks and embrace the ineffable


Fiction

We Run
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Valerie Martin

“Where did we think we were going?”


Poetry

Four Poems
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Nausheen Eusuf

“The Analytic Hour,” “How to Mourn the Dead,” “Elegy for India’s Daughter,” and “When you are old, father”


Arts

The Sound of Tinseltown

Adam Baer

Toscha Seidel made a nation fall in love with the violin


Step by Step
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Julia Lichtblau

Keeping the work of legendary choreographers alive depends on a cadre of experts