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Cover Story

Paying to Be Locked Up

Private prison companies treat immigrant detainees like convicted criminals—and reap huge profits from the people

Cover Story

Paying to Be Locked Up

Private prison companies treat immigrant detainees like convicted criminals—and reap huge profits from the people

ARTICLES

Black Lives and the Boston Massacre

John Adams’s famous defense of the British may not be, as we’ve always understood it,

No Harmony in the Heartland

Two small towns in northeast Iowa are caught up in the national struggle over immigration

The Sleeper

In a rural hospital, a patient passes the night without knowing how lucky he is

Whiskey Foxtrot One-One

My father was training to fight a war, but his real battle was with himself

Launching the Greatest Fleet

How American war surplus helped build the world’s most successful merchant marine

This Side of Paradise

Aging has its rewards until it doesn’t. I am ready to contemplate the end but

Black Lives and the Boston Massacre

John Adams’s famous defense of the British may not be, as we’ve always understood it,

No Harmony in the Heartland

Two small towns in northeast Iowa are caught up in the national struggle over immigration

The Sleeper

In a rural hospital, a patient passes the night without knowing how lucky he is

Whiskey Foxtrot One-One

My father was training to fight a war, but his real battle was with himself

Launching the Greatest Fleet

How American war surplus helped build the world’s most successful merchant marine

This Side of Paradise

Aging has its rewards until it doesn’t. I am ready to contemplate the end but

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DEPARTMENTS

editor's note

tuning up

Made for You and Me

This land has contained our best and worst impulses

poetry

Seven New Poems by Walt Whitman
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“Sometimes I Dream That I Am Not Walt Whitman,” “Let Them Say Whatever They Want,” “Returning to the Sea-Shore,” “I Hear It Is Charged Against Me,” “Like a Ghost I Returned,” and “Some Tuesdays I Go to Lisbon”

Two Poems
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“Museum of Fine Arts” and “Hatbox”

anniversaries

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fiction

commonplace book

Book essay

A Pleasure to Read You

Shouldn’t literature enchant, surprise, and teach us? And to make this happen, shouldn’t we be the most expert readers we can be?

book reviews

Where the Sun Finally Set

A new look at the island empire’s prize possession

Of Faith and Tragedy

A scholar of early Christianity on how her work informed her life

Enigma From the East

A Soviet émigré’s never-ending battle to be understood

The Guru of Athens

Can age-old philosophy lead the way to happiness?

Making Himself at Home

A German-born composer and his English oratorios

The Portrait Master

Known for rendering others, a writer turns his attention inward