The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

One Writer’s Message

‘Any kind of integrity helps in this world, and I have my own kind.’

Jan 5, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 17 • By JAMES SEATON

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'...but let us never fear to negotiate' (John F. Kennedy)

Why Do We Read?

‘Wisdom and insight’ as the purpose of literature

Sep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47

Bill Mauldin, Audie Murphy in ‘The Red Badge of Courage’ (1951)

Seeing ‘Red’

The imaginary lives of an American realist

Aug 18, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 46

Irwin, Nebraska

The Middle Way

Recognizing a neglected landscape in American history.

Apr 14, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 29

Reinhold Niebuhr (1956)

The Good(?) Old Days

The postwar cultural consensus was not so stable.

Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20

Richard Wright, 1945

The Wright Stuff

Understanding the radical vision of ‘Native Son.’

Sep 23, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 03

Painting of the school of Athens

Classical Gas

Seeing things in the Hellenic world that aren’t there.

Dec 12, 2011, Vol. 17, No. 13

Painting

An Obvious Secret

The monumental achievements of middle-class morality.

Jun 6, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 36

Free to Write

Free to Write

Understanding the marketplace of ideas.

Feb 21, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 22

Book Review: Go South, Young Man

Book Review: Go South, Young Man

A critical vision of American life and letters

Dec 20, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 14

Contrarian’s Wisdom

Contrarian’s Wisdom

An anguished journey to understanding America.

Nov 1, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 07

Sticks, Stones, Words

Sticks, Stones, Words

The academic study of literature is theoretical.

Aug 23, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 46

Cases in Point

Cases in Point

Understanding the rules of law and the laws of rhetoric.

Jul 19, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 41

The Critical Trio

The Critical Trio

Adorno, Horkheim, Marcuse, and the world they unmade.

May 24, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 34

Heilman of Letters

Heilman of Letters

Teacher first, critic second, guardian of values.

Mar 8, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 24

Pen Pals

What draws writers together in fraternity?

Jan 4, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 16

The Liberal Paradox

Why Lionel Trilling's 1950 classic remains essential reading in 2009.

Aug 31, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 46

Dr. Franklin's Remedy

Improvement, not transformation, in a practical world.

May 4, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 31

Alive in the Mind

Santayana's world is a reasonable place.

Apr 6, 2009, Vol. 14, No. 28

His Master's Voice

Edmund Wilson in the Library of America.

Jun 2, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 36

The Word Is Out

The textbook that teaches life is a text.

Feb 25, 2008, Vol. 13, No. 23

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