Winter 2018 Issue


Editor's Note

Playing Chicken

Robert Wilson


Responses to Our Autumn 2017 Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Laos: What Lies Beneath

Karen J. 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

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


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?

Marilynne Robinson

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

Tuskegee Truth Teller

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


We Run
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Valerie Martin

“Where did we think we were going?”


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”


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