August 16, 2013

August 16, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013

Articles in this issue

We & They

The tug-and-pull of polarities forms an enduring reality of public discourse. David Cannadine’s stimulating book attests to the workings of this remorseless process.


Rouben Mamoulian, original director of the movie version of 'Porgy and Bess,' is forgotten. In '“On My Way,”' Joseph Horowitz endeavors to restore his reputation.

A Moralist with an Ear

The writing in George Saunders's newest collection of stories is willing to risk wonder.

Letters: Abortion Stalemate & Author's Reply

Readers write, with comments on biological facts, the strengths of Catholic moral thought, and absolutism; Peter Steinfels replies.

The Last Word | Out of Sight

For the Romans, 'luxuria' was the near-equivalent of Greek hubris. It has behind it the imagery of material excess leading to a diminished sense of cause and effect.

Poem | Recipe Book

The hand-bound book is brittle / Note the fingerprints done in cinnamon