September/October 2014

Against Empathy

Paul Bloom

With responses from Leslie Jamison, Peter Singer, Leonardo Christov-Moore and Marco Iacoboni, Jack W. Berry and Lynn E. O'Connor, Barbara H. Fried, Simon Baron-Cohen, Marianne LaFrance, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, Nomy Arpaly, Sam Harris, Christine Montross, and Jesse Prinz.


Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen



State of the Nation: Marriage Won't Cure Poverty
Philip N. Cohen
Made in America: Do Ideas Matter?
Claude S. Fischer
Wonders: The Evidence of Memory
Anne Fausto-Sterling



Syria in Revolt
Understanding the Unthinkable War
Sadik J. al-Azm



Any Further West
Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Books & Ideas

God's Country
John Demos's The Heathen School
Richard White
Baby, Take a Bow
Shirley Temple and the Myth of Childhood Innocence
Judith Levine
Rethinking Privacy
William H. Simon

On Poetry

Poet's Sampler
Ocean Vuong introduced by Amy King
How to Give a Damn
Ann Lauterbach's Under the Sign
Jo Ann Clark
Dear Friend,
The Letters of Amiri Baraka, Robert Creeley, and Ed Dorn
Alan Gilbert
New books by Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess, Gillian Conoley, Rachel Zucker, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, and Frances Justine Post.

On Film

Submitting to Truth
Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida
Alan A. Stone


Sean Zhuraw
Olfactory Cues
Martha Zweig
Hart Crane in LA, 1927
Peter Balakian
A Cold Hand Draws the Covers Over the Moon
Larry Sawyer
One Size Fits All and Then Some
Jeff Alessandrelli
Veer, Oscillate, Rest
Carrie Etter
Meghan Privitello
Epic Hour
Sherod Santos
Sean Bishop
All articles from the issue will appear online.