Fall 1998



Fall 1998

Table of Contents

Special Feature

Reinventing America; Out of the Mouths of Polish Mothers; Dust; & Northern Motive


Flannery O’Connor: Patterns of Friendship, Patterns of Love

How to Write a Personal Essay

The Islands


Against Flight

An American Family

Assisted Living


Critical Distance & The End of the Story

Cuckoo: Tuscany


Prayer & Going Home

Rehearsal in Summer

The Window, Autumn

What Goes On

Why Orville & Wilbur Built an Airplane


Backbone of the Icon


“Mystery every time”: Memoirs and the Search for “We” (on Space: A Memoir by Jesse Lee Kercheval; The Phantom Father: A Memoir by Barry Gifford; and Snake’s Daughter: The Roads In and Out of War by Gail Hosking Gilberg)

American Theater Watch, 1997–1998

Making Sure There’s Music: Six Recent Chapbooks (on First Hand by Jay Rogoff; The Lazarus Method by Kate Hancock; The Corner of Absence by Lynne Kuderko; Wherever You Want by Douglas Goetsch; This Book Belongs to Eva by Stephen Gardner; and It’s Hard to Get the Angle Right by Bruce Bennett)

Maturities (on Questions for Ecclesiastes by Mark Jarman; Dithyrambs by Richard Katrovas; When by Baron Wormser; Clemency by Colette Inez; and Sinking Creek by John Engels)

Moral Protest, or How to Get Riled Up about Almost Everything (on The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements by James M. Jasper; Culture of Intolerance: Chauvinism, Class, and Racism in the United States by Mark Nathan Cohen; and Redeeming Culture: American Religion in an Age of Science by James Gilbert)

on Egotopia: Narcissism and the New American Landscape by John Miller