on Wampanoag Traveler: Being, in Letters, the Life and Times of Loranzo Newcomb, American and Natural Historian by Brendan Galvin

R. T. Smith is writer-in-residence at Washington and Lee University, where he edits Shenandoah. The latest of his many books are Outlaw Style: Poems (University of Arkansas Press, 2007) and a collection of stories, The Calaboose Epistles (Iris Press, 2009). His work has been reprinted in such notable anthologies as Best American Poetry, Best American Short Stories, and the Pushcart Prize.

on Because it is Bitter, and Because it is My Heart by Joyce Carol Oates

on Bernard Shaw on Photography by Bill Jay and Margaret Moore

Gerald Weales’s “American Theater Watch” appeared in these pages from 1978 until 2010, and we have also featured on occasion his essays and reviews on topics that have included World War II and the early-career political cartoons of one Theodore Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss). In addition to his distinguished career as an author and drama specialist, Weales was a longtime professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he retired in 1987; a senior Fulbright scholar at the University of Sri Lanka; and the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

on Creating America: George Horace Lorimer and the Saturday Evening Post by Jan Cohn

on Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

Criticism and Two Individual Talents (on The Portable Malcolm Cowley by Donald W. Faulkner; Mazes by Hugh Kenner; & Historical Fictions by Hugh Kenner)

The Art of Resistance (on An Ear to the Ground: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry by Marie Harris and Kathleen Aguero; From South Africa: New Writing, Photographs, and Art by David Bunn and Jane Taylor; Seeds of Fire: Chinese Voices of Conscience by Geremie Barme and John Minford)

A Few Attractive Strangers (on Invisible Mirror by Michael Cadnum; A Weather of Surprises by Harry Humes; The Red Room by Geraldine Connolly; And As for Darkness by Michael Burns; & The Barn in the Air by Michael Waters)

The Massage