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July/August 2016

The Logic of Misogyny

Kate Manne leads a forum on the logic of misogyny. Vivian Gornick, Christina Hoff Sommers, Tali Mendelberg, Doug Henwood, Imani Perry, Susan J. Brison, and Amber A’Lee Frost respond. Also in this issue: Michael Bronski, Natalie Diaz, John Ashbery, and more.

July/August 2016


Editors’ Note

Deborah Chasman & Joshua Cohen


Ideas & Fiction

Government has always played an outsize role in creating jobs—and still can.

Claude S. Fischer

Many young children become obsessed with gender. How do we know which are trans?

Anne Fausto-Sterling

How did we come to view social insurance as socialist?

Elizabeth Anderson

On the cruelties the South doles out to animals, children, and black folks.

Colin Dayan

2016 Aura Estrada Short Story Contest Winner selected by Jennifer Egan.

Mikayla Ávila Vilá
Radical gay liberation laid the ground for the moderate legal gains of gay rights.
Michael Bronski

Local government can't fix our problems. Only big government can.

Mike Konczal

Debt still sends many people—especially black people—to jail.

Donna Murch

War is almost always a choice, a madness we go along with.

Oded Na’aman
Because two brothers make a
     body where none existed
God drew two bodies as one
     went crooked . . .
b: william bearhart, Natalie Diaz

Poetry is offering new candor about the ways men care for their children.

Stephanie Burt

A stunning trove of letters from Elizabeth Bishop to her therapist sheds light on the personal secrets that shaped her poetry.

Heather Treseler

Tilda Swinton, icon of indy cinema, is masterful in A Bigger Splash.

Alan A. Stone



Two people I love are parting.
     I left
my shoes in the desert. Maybe
     I’m like
a wedding, I have a formal
     need to make
these two ideas meet . . .

Laura Eve Engel

This view of the cliffs.
A passing cloud.

A scattering of yellow paint.
A pink feather on the wire.

Emily Pettit

See how the firmament loosens
like a clod of earth                how the horizon

            crackles like two skulls wrapped in velvet

Rebecca Liu

On you we barnacles
           cling and scratch,
                     your rising fog 
     burning through . . .

Catherine Wing

Take this cup away from me
with its hints

of ammonia and dill,
oak or corrosion.

Who knows, really?

Rae Armantrout
I stand to my chin in the
     cyan sea.
Salt burns my nose when I
     look down.
Nothing is near that belongs
     to me . . .
Michael Dumanis

The gods offer blank slates. The gods offer black marker smiles. They offer profit, excess, cardboard
box-headed children to the void so I don’t have to.

Nathan Taylor
Almost tonight, let’s not and say
     we did.
I used to be a slightly handsome
     boy, then
this happened. . . .
John Ashbery
Burdick has come through. It
wasn’t easy, or, apparently,
difficult. . . . 
John Ashbery

. . . Free is not a negro doused
     in white
, blanched,
bleached, and sent down
     the path. Free

almost never means alive, so
     please try—
I’m asking for help.

Charif Shanahan

I want to get
to the managed care

where the future appears

to stream directly
into the past . . .

Rae Armantrout
I can’t paint your image, it’s the image every portrait
mourns. It’s the art we still dream once was.
William Brewer

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