Fall 1996



Fall 1996

Table of Contents


Bloodline in Ink

Out of Place: Reading O’ Brien and O’ Brien

Searching for Depth in Bonaire

The Cult of the Adolescent: Commercial Indoctrination and the Collapse of Civic Virtue


Exit 19-A

The Dyskolos

Three Short Tales

What’s Candy to an Artist?


Aphrodite Tempts God

Autumn Leaves



For a Summer Night

Harvest Song

Of Possibility: Another Autumn Leaving

On a Print by Hiroshige

Our Own Devices & Not to Mention Love: A Heart for Patricia

Riffs and Reciprocities

What It’s For


echo myths


American Anger and the Lost Art of Liking (on City Life: Urban Expectations in a New World by Witold Rybczynski; Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks; & The New American Ghetto by Camilo José Vergara)

American Theater Watch, 1995–1996

Dispatches from the Culture Wars (on The Myth of Political Correctness: The Conservative Attack on Higher Education by John K. Wilson; The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars by Todd Gitlin; & Professional Correctness: Literary Studies and Political Change by Stanley Fish)

Keeping Company (on Taking It Home: Stories from the Neighborhood by Tony Ardizzone; Ocean of Words: Army Stories by Ha Jin; & Wherever That Great Heart May Be by W. D. Wetherell)

on Anais Nin: A Biography by Dierdre Bair

on Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies by Tom Perrotta

on Conversations Before the End of Time: Dialogues on Art, Life, and Spiritual Renewal by Suzi Gablik

on The Other Door by Karen Heuler

on The University in Ruins by Bill Readings

Piecework: The Longer Poem Returns (on Corvus by Anselm Hollo; Muse & Drudge by Harryette Mullen; The Invention of the Zero by Richard Kenney; and Kyrie by Ellen Bryant Voigt)