The Common Review ceased as a print publication with the Fall/Winter 2011 issue. However, we will be posting a series of ten new articles on this site over the next couple of months, at approximately 1-week intervals. We trust that you will find these articles interesting, provocative, and equal in quality to the high standards set by The Common Review during its ten-year run.



In this Issue



    • Share


    The Common Review Short Story Prize Winners

    Congratulations to the winners of our annual short story prize! And thanks to judge Gina Frangello for choosing our winners.  Gina Frangello is the author of two critically acclaimed books of fiction, Slut Lullabies...[more]

    May 10, 2011 | 10 comment(s) | Share


    Tough Acts to Follow
    By Danny Postel

    This is my first issue as editor of The Common Review, and thus my maiden voyage as the author of this column. In fact, this is the first issue in the magazine’s nine-year history not under the editorial stewardship of Daniel...[more]

    December 28, 2010 | 8 comment(s) | Share


    Attention, Pentagon Lit Majors
    By Daniel Born

    I have an idea. What if every soldier and politician were required to be a lit major? It sounds far fetched, I know. Textual critics would run the Pentagon. Generals and colonels commanding the tanks, Predator drones, and Green...[more]

    August 31, 2010 | 4 comment(s) | Share


    What Is the Crisis in the Humanities?
    By Daniel Born

    Watching as “the crisis in the humanities” grows to epic proportions—370,000 Google hits by my last count—I think about other crises in my lifetime that have shaken Western civilization. Specifically, I recall the attack in...[more]

    August 06, 2010 | 5 comment(s) | Share


    Great Books for a Planet in Trouble
    By Daniel Born

    So the polar icecaps are melting at an alarming rate, Mount Kilimanjaro will be denuded of all its snow in twenty years, and a trash vortex twice the size of Texas swirls out in the Pacific between Hawaii and California,...[more]

    April 14, 2010 | 6 comment(s) | Share
    Daniel Born, Editor


    True Confessions
    By Daniel Born

    His sole concern was to find out what they wanted him to confess, and then confess it quickly, before the bullying started anew. He confessed to the assassination of eminent Party members, the distribution of seditious pamphlets,...[more]

    April 14, 2010 | 8 comment(s) | Share


    Libertarian Fantasies on the Reading Front
    By Daniel Born

    Like many reform movements that first began in the nation’s schools, this one started in the nation’s language arts classrooms under the auspices of reading experts. Teacher and principals from coast to coast point to the efforts...[more]

    April 14, 2010 | 1 comment(s) | Share