Spring 1994



Spring 1994

Table of Contents


Behind the Glass, Within the Frame

From Realism to Virtual Reality: Images of America’s Wars


The Common Life

This Deliberate Dream


Animal Stories

Dancing with Hitler



The Uses of the Parts


A Moo from a Can with a Cow on It



Kathy in the Swing

My Mother’s Hair


That It Will Not Happen This Time

The Angels of Our Daily Bread

The Ashes and the Poplars Bent Down Toward Her Corolla

The Assassin

The Little Towns of West Texas


A Mind of Winter (on Across the Layers: Poems Old and New by Albert Goldbarth; The Nonconformist’s Memorial by Susan Howe; God’s Loud Hand by Kelly Cherry; Tesserae and Other Poems by John Hollander; 2 Guys on Holy Land by Walid Bitar; A History of Small Life on a Windy Planet by Martha Collins; & Everything Winged Must Be Dreaming by Susan Ludvigson)

A Straight Back and an Arrogant Head (on The Beginning of the Journey: The Marriage of Diana and Lionel Trilling by Diana Trilling)

Passionate Inwardness (on Ordinary Time: Cycles in Marriage, Faith, and Renewal by Nancy Mairs; Virgin Time: In Search of the Contemplative Life by Patricia Hampl; & Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris)

Readers’ Forum

What Americanists Talk About When They Talk About Culture (on The Making of Middlebrow Culture by Joan Shelley Rubin; The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America by Shirley Samuels; & Making America: The Society and Culture of the United States by Luther S. Luedtke)