Fall/Winter 2006

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Fall/Winter 2006

Table of Contents

Essays

Conscientious Thinking: Fundamentalism, Nihilism, and the Problem of Value during the Demise of the Scientific Worldview

Russell and Mary

The Life of the Letter

Fiction

Dimitra’s Path

Leaving Room

Magnitude

Rodney Valen’s Second Life

Poetry

Appetite

Caravaggio’s World

Construction & The Inventions of Memory

Dear Editor

Delicious

Early in Any Century & Self-Pith

Five to Seven

I’m Glorious in My Destruction Like an Atomic Bomb

Piano, with Distance

The Accretions

The Cosmetic Surgeon Comes to Glory River

The Novel

Twelfth Night

Twentieth Anniversary

Two living wills & “As the story was told and told again”

Art

Hokkaido

Smoke Walking

Reviews

Arguing Comics: Literary Masters on a Popular Medium by Jeet Heer, Kent Worcester

American Theater Watch, 2005–2006

Confronting the Demons (on The One Voice of James Dickey: His Letters and Life, 1970—1997, edited by Gordon Van Ness; and A Poet’s Prose: Selected Writings of Louise Bogan, edited by Mary Kinzie)

In Another Country (on The Devil’s Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square by James Traub; Hotel Kid: A Times Square Childhood by Stephen Lewis; All Poets Welcome: The Lower East Side Poetry Scene in the 1960s by Daniel Kane; Inside Greenwich Village: A New York City Neighborhood, 1898–1918 by Gerald W. McFarland; Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York by Paul Goldberger; & Waterfront: A Walk Around Manhattan by Philip Lopate)

on Selected Letters of Robert Penn Warren, Volume 3: Triumph and Transition, 1943-1952 by Randy Hendricks, James A. Perkins, and William Bedford Clark

on The Land’s Wild Music: Encounters With Barry Lopez, Peter Matthiessen, Terry Tempest Williams, And James Galvin by Mark Tredinnick

State of the Arts (on Barnstorm: Contemporary Wisconsin Fiction by Raphael Kadushin; Forged in Fire: Essays by Idaho Writers by Mary Clearman Blew and Phil Druker; The Poets of New Jersey: From Colonial to Contemporary by Emanuel di Pasquale, Frank Finale, and Sander Zulauf)

Stories True and Not: Six Anthologies of Our “Best” Writing (on The Best American Short Stories 2004, edited by Lorrie Moore; The O. Henry Prize Stories 2005, edited by Laura Furman; New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best 2005, edited by Shannon Ravenel; Pushcart Prize XXIX: Best of the Small Presses, 2005 edition, edited by Bill Henderson; The Best American Mystery Stories 2004, edited by Nelson DeMille; and The Best American Sports Writing 2004, edited by Richard Ben Kramer)

The Alignments (on Considerations of Earth and Sky by Temple Cone; Radiant Field by Naomi K. Long; His Longing: (The Small Penis Oratorio) by Paul Allen; Solstice by Emmy Pérez; The Wrong End of the Rainbow by Charles Wright; The Minimalist’s How-to Handbook by Karl Elder; Myths of Electricity by Kevin Meaux; The Lowell Poems by Tom Sexton; and Days When Nothing Happens by David Tucker)

The Letter of the Life (on The Always Present Present: Letters-Poems by Renée Weiss and Theodore Weiss; The Letters of Robert Lowell, edited by Saskia Hamilton; A Wild Perfection: The Selected Letters of James Wright, edited by Anne Wright and Saundra Rose Maley; and Love, Amy: The Selected Letters of Amy Clampitt, edited by Willard Spiegelman)

Then, Who Is the Editor of the English Language? (on Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson’s Dictionary by Henry Hitchings; Lost for Words: The Hidden History of the Oxford English Dictionary by Lynda Mugglestone; and Dictionary Days: A Defining Passion by Ilan Stavans)

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