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September/October 2005

30th Anniversary Issue

Our 30th Anniversary Issue, with a special forum on What’s Hurting the Middle Class led by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi; Susie Linfield looks at photographs of the condemned; Rebecca Saxe on science and morality. Poetry from Peter Gizzi and others; B. K. Fischer reviews Mary Jo Bang and Deborah Greger.

Forum 

What’s Hurting the Middle Class 

ELIZABETH WARREN AND AMELIA WARREN TYAGI

WITH RESPONSES BY JACOB S. HACKER, JONATHAN GRUBER, G. MARCUS COLE, JEFF MADRICK, STEPHEN BROBECK, DAVID CROCKETT, CHUCK COLLINS, A. MECHELE DICKERSON, TAMARA DRAUT, JARED BERNSTEIN, ROBERT D. MANNING, AND JULIET SCHOR.

Essays

A Witness to Murder

Looking at photographs of the condemned
Susie Linfield

Do The Right Thing

Cognitive Science’s search for a common morality
Rebecca Saxe

An American Prophet
Marilynne Robinson’s vision
M.K. Chakrabarti

Fiction

Summer of Nene
Ivelisse Rodriguez

On Film

Explaining Love Away
Arnaud Desplechin’s Kings and Queen
Alan A. Stone

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Introduced by Thomas Lynch
Charlotte Boulay
Earthbound
James Richardson’s Interglacial
John Koethe
Disappearing Acts
Frank Bidart’s Star Dust
Jacob Edmond
Object Relations
Mary Jo Bang’s The Eye Like a Strange Balloon and Debora Greger’s Western Art
B. K. Fischer
Microreviews

Poems

I Wanted the Screen Door of Summer
Peter Gizzi
The Quest
Peter Gizzi
Pliny I & II
Dan Chiasson
There Is a Star in the Sea
Dan Chiasson
The Caedmon Room
Allen Grossman
Abandon Yourself to That Which Is Inevitable
C.D. Wright
I Know of No Better World
Ingeborg Bachmann, translated by Peter Filkins
Two Sonnets
Karen Volkman

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