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Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

Glenn Loury asks “Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?”; Robert Blecher and Jeremy Pressman on Israel’s existential crisis; George Scialabba on the curse of modernity; Anatol Lieven on “realist” foreign policy. A short story by Patricia Engel; Charles Johnson on artistic passion; Forrest Gander on John Ashbery.

 

 

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Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

Race and the transformation of criminal justice
Glenn C. Loury

Essays

Back to the Future

Israel’s existential crisis
Robert Blecher and Jeremy Pressman

In the Sweep of History

Where realists and progressives can meet
Anatol Lieven

The Curse of Modernity

Philip Rieff’s problem with freedom
George Scialabba

Whole Sight
On artistic passion
Charles Johnson
Brazil’s Dreamer
The disenchantment and re-enchantment of Chico Buarque
Scott Saul
Nabokov’s Gift
A writer’s legacy
Roger Boylan
Found in Translation
César Aira’s How I Became a Nun and Roberto Bolaño’s Amulet
Aura Estrada

Fiction

Lucho
Patricia Engel

On Film

A Care in the World
Sarah Polley’s Away From Her
Alan A. Stone

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Introduced by Jorie Graham
Ewa Chrusciel
In Search of John Ashbery
Beyond the same old pipings
Forrest Gander
Prisoners’ Poems
Laurie Sheck’s Captivity
G.C. Waldrep
Light and Twilight
Keith Waldrop’s new translation of Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evill
Karen Volkman

Poems

Spit
Christine Garren
The Folded Message
Christine Garren
The Greenness of Grass Is a Positive Quality
Samuel Amadon
The Prince of Rivers
Craig Morgan Teicher
Lullaby
Carrie Robb
“Millions of Strange Shadows on You Tend”
Cal Bedient
This book can’t be sung
Brian Teare
The very air
Brian Teare

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