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    Volume 9, Number 2

    Fall/Winter 2010/2011


    Too Soon to Forswear the C Word? An exchange on the humanities.


    Tough Acts to Follow


    Narrative Dignity, Hidden Memories, by Ariel Dorfman 

    A meditation on reconciliation, from Chile to South Africa and beyond.

    Sound and Fury, Signifying. . . What, Exactly? by Paul Charles Griffin

    Notes on the wars over Jonathan Franzen's Freedom

    Picking the Wrong Witch, by Richard Byrne

    Dubravka Ugrešić creates exquisite art from the pain of war and exile.

    Our Psychic Living Room, by Rebekah Frumkin

    Why it's particularly important to read David Foster Wallace.



    Intellectual Flights and Narrative Wars, by Hussein Ibish

    Reviews of The Flight of the Intellectuals, by Paul Berman, and The Arabs and the Holocaust: The Arab-Israeli War of Narratives, by Gilbert Achcar.

    The Future Looks Impossible, by Michael Lynn

    A review of Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change, by Clive Hamilton.

    Islamic Feminism: A Seat at the Table, by Rafia Zakaria

    A review of Paradise beneath Her Feet: How Women Are Transforming the Middle East, by Isobel Coleman.

    Here's Mud in Our Eyes, by Tom McBride
    A review of Morality's Muddy Waters: Ethical Quandaries in Modern America, by George Cotkin.

    The Crying Giant: On Rilke's Poetry, by Brett Foster

    A review of The Poetry of Rilke, by Rainer Maria Rilke, Translated by Edward Snow.

    Taking the California out of Buddhism, by John Clark

    A review of Why I am a Buddhist: No Nonsense Buddhism with Red Meat and Whiskey, by Stephen Asma.


    En Route, by Rachel Hadas


    The Poetry Lesson, by Andrei Codrescu

    My final semester teaching Intro to Poetry Writing.


    A who’s who of this issue.