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January/February 2013
Inside: Democracy in Latin America: Roberto Gargarella on constitutional rights and political realities; Pedro Salazar Ugarte on Mexico’s demographic challenge; Leonardo Avritzer on Brazil’s experiment in direct democracy; and F. Daniel Hidalgo on electronic voting in Brazil.

Richard White on Gilded Age views of wealth and poverty

Philip N. Cohen on the myth of women’s ascendance

Elizabeth Hand on women’s crime fiction

Amy B. Dean on transportation justice

Fiction by Ben C. Stroud

And more.

 

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November/December 2012
Inside: Sweet Forgiveness: Mike Konczal on debt relief, with comments from Dean Baker; G. Marcus Cole; Tamara Draut; Louis Hyman; Jacob S. Hacker and Nathaniel Loewentheil; Mark A. Calabria; Robert C. Hockett; Barbara H. Fried; and a final response from Konczal.

Elliot Sober on Thomas Nagel

Roger Boylan on Joseph Roth

Martin O’Neill and Thad Williamson on the moral case for free markets

Poetry by John Ashbery

Fiction by Ariel Dorfman

And more.

 

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September/October 2012
Inside: Promoting Social Mobility: James J. Heckman on the use of early intervention to reduce inequality, with comments from Mike Rose, Robin West, Charles Murray, Carol S. Dweck, David Deming, Neal McCluskey, Annette Lareau, Lelac Almagor, Adam Smith and Harry Brighouse, and Geoffrey Canada, and a final response from Heckman.

William Hogeland on the new liberal originalism

George Scialabba on conservatives and morality

Elizabeth Goitein on Jack Goldsmith’s optimistic view of the federal government’s war on terror

Thomas E. Kennedy’s brush with death

Alan A. Stone on Woody Allen

And more.

 

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July/August 2012
Inside: Under the Influence: Martin Gilens on the impact of wealth on government, with comments from Larry M. Bartels, Matthew Yglesias, Kay Lehman Schlozman, Mark Schmitt, Nancy L. Rosenblum, John Ferejohn, Barbara Sinclair, Russ Feingold, Archon Fung, and Michael Gecan, and a final response from Martin Gilens.

Chris Hedges on the persistent myths of combat

Oded Na’aman on manning a checkpoint in the Occupied Territories

Claude S. Fischer on why Americans don’t take vacations

Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow on the rise of motherhood

Elaine Scarry on how poetry changed the world

And more.

 

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May/June 2012
Inside: How Markets Crowd Out Morals: Michael J. Sandel on the corrupting effects of markets, with comments from Richard Sennett; Matt Welch; Anita L. Allen; Debra Satz; Herbert Gintis; Lew Daly; Samuel Bowles; Elizabeth Anderson; John Tomasi; and a final response from Michael J. Sandel.

Sandra Tanenbaum on the antidepressant wars

Claude S. Fischer on why the poor stay poor

Glenn C. Loury on James Q. Wilson’s legacy

Anne Fausto-Sterling on the new biology of race

Marjorie Perloff on the state of poetry

And more.

 

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March/April 2012
Inside: What to Do About Inequality: David B. Grusky on correcting gross inequities in pre-tax income, with comments from Rick Perlstein; Mike Konczal; Shikha Dalmia; Ruy Teixeira; Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez, and Stefanie Stantcheva; Barbara R. Bergmann; Neil McCluskey; Susan E. Mayer; Anne L. Alstott; and Glenn C. Loury; and a final response from Grusky.

Madawi Al-Rasheed on Saudi Arabia’s notable lack of an Arab Spring

Paul Osterman gives three reasons there aren’t more good jobs

Jonathan Kirshner on Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert

Roger Boylan on Julian Barnes’s memories

Christopher Schmidt on scientific method in experimental poetry

And more.

 

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January/February 2012
Inside: The Future of Black Politics: Michael C. Dawson on the power and potential of black movements, with comments from William Julius Wilson, Andra Gillespie, Tommie Shelby, Rev. Patrick H. O’Connor, Jennifer L. Hochschild, Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres, Dorian T. Warren, Robin D.G. Kelley, and a response from Dawson.

Danelle Morton on life and death in a New Orleans squat

Claude S. Fischer on Steven Pinker’s good news

Carlos Fraenkel on teaching justice in Brazil

Gianpaolo Baiocchi and Ernesto Ganuza on the Spanish indignados

Katie Peterson on grieving poets

And more.

 

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November/December 2011
Inside: Citizen Consumer: Dara O’Rourke on using ethical consumption for social change, with comments from Scott Nova, Juliet B. Schor, Lisa Ann Richey & Stefano Ponte, Scott E. Hartley, Margaret Levi, Auret van Heerden, Andrew Szasz, and Richard M. Locke, and a response from O’Rourke.

Tom Barry on Rick Perry’s brand of populism

Mona El-Ghobashy on the culture of street protests that led to Egypt’s revolution

Alfred F. Young on the Boston Tea Party

Jeanne Mansfield on being maced at Occupy Wall Street

Cal Bedient on William Fuller’s Hallucination

And more.

 

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September/October 2011
Inside: Regime Change Doesn’t Work: Alexander B. Downes on the use of military intervention to overthrow foreign governments, with comments from Greg Grandin, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Neta C. Crawford, James D. Fearon, Mary Kaldor, John Tirman, Tod Lindberg, and Joanne Landy, and a response from Downes.

Noam Chomsky on the responsibility of intellectuals

Fawaz A. Gerges on Al Qaeda’s fall

Elaine Scarry on nuclear weapons

Vivian Gornick on Alfred Kazin’s journals

Evgeny Morozov on online spying

And more.

 

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July/August 2011
Inside: China’s Other Revolution: Edward S. Steinfeld on radical political and social change in China, with comments from Andrew G. Walder, Helen H. Wang, Baogang He, Ying Ma, and Guobin Yang, and a response from Steinfeld.

Mark Schmitt on Obama.

John R. Bowen on European opposition to multiculturalism.

Stephen Ansolabehere on the Republicans’ 2012 electoral problem.

David Micah Greenberg on comparison in politics and poetry.

The Aura Estrada Fiction Contest winner.

And more.

 

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May/June 2011
Inside: Fixing Congress: U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper on reforming our legislature, with comments from Kenneth A. Shepsle, Norman J. Ornstein, John Samples, Kathryn Pearson, John G. Geer, David Brady, Nick Nyhart, U.S. Rep. David E. Price, Stephen Ansolabehere, and Andrew Gelman, and a response from Cooper.

Junot Díaz on apocalypses.

Jess Row on why the novel isn’t dead.

Roger Boylan on the Jewish Jane Austen

Siddhartha Deb on India’s food crisis.

The “Discovery” Poetry Contest winners

And more.

 

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March/April 2011
Inside: Small Changes, Big Results: Rachel Glennerster and Michael Kremer on applying behavioral economics to global development, with comments from Diane Coyle; Eran Bendavid; Pranab Bardhan; José Gómez-Márquez; Chloe O’Gara; Shantayanan Devarajan, Jishnu Das, and Jeffrey S. Hammer; and Daniel N. Posner; and a response from Glennerster and Kremer.

Tom Barry on Arizona as a failed state.

Evgeny Morozov on why the Open Web is worth saving.

Pamela Karlan on ObamaCare.

Leland de la Durantaye on the ethics of David Foster Wallace.

Five Poems by Mark Strand.

And more.

 

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January/February 2011
Inside: Back To Full Employment: Robert Pollin on making jobs for all a public-policy goal, with comments from James K. Galbraith; Andrew P. Morris & Roger E. Meiners; Lane Kenworthy; Jayati Ghosh; Eileen Appelbaum; Michael J. Piore; Reihan Salam; and Ruy Teixeira; and a response from Pollin.

Joseph Nevins on drones coming to your neighborhood.

Nancy Cott on what the history of marriage tells us.

Stephen Burt on whether autobiography makes good poetry.

Vivian Gornick on Israeli writer David Grossman.

Omer Rosen on his time at Citi.

And more.

 

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November/December 2010
Inside: Can Technology End Poverty?: Kentaro Toyama on the promise of information and communication technologies for development, with comments from Nicholas Negroponte, Dean Karlan, Ignacio Mas, Nathan Eagle, Jenny C. Aker, Christine Zhenwei Qiang, Evgeny Morozov, and Archon Fung, and a response from Toyama.

Onnesha Roychoudhuri on Amazon’s domination of book culture.

Roger Boylan on Mark Twain’s Autobiography.

Jan-Werner Müller on making Muslim democracies.

Lance Tapley on the torture of supermax prisons.

Our poetry contest winner, Anthony Caleshu.

And more.

 

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September/October 2010
Inside: Democracy After Citizens United: Lawrence Lessig on how the Supreme Court misunderstood the dangers of campaign finance, with comments from Will Wilkinson, David N. Bossie, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Nancy L. Rosenblum, Rep. Donna F. Edwards, Allison R. Hayward, David Donnelly, Marvin Ammori, John Bonifaz and Jeffrey Clements, and a repsonse from Lessig.

Tom Barry on the border-security boondoggle in Texas.

Vivian Gornick on the tumultuous Tolstoy marriage.

Bill Hogeland on the war between populists and liberals.

Deborah M. Gordon on the myths and realities of ant colonies.

Poems by Mary Jo Bang and Arthur Vogelsang.

And more.

 

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July/August 2010
Inside: Mothers Who Care Too Much: Nancy Hirschmann on what feminists get wrong about family, work, and equality, with comments from Shannon Hayes, Robin West, Lisa Dodson, Melody Berger, Ann Friedman, Mona Harrington, Lane Kenworthy, and Anne L. Alstott, and a repsonse from Hirschmann.

Sarah Hill on how Juárez became the world’s deadliest city.

Evgeny Morozov on Clay Shirky.

Chang-Rae Lee presents the 2010 Fiction Contest Winner, Adam Sturtevant.

Summer fiction by Samuel R. Delany and Goli Taraghi.

And more.

 

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May/June 2010
Inside: Big Pharma, Bad Medicine: Marcia Angell on the drug industry and academic medicine, with Adriane Fugh-Berman, David Korn, Howard Brody, Dan W. Brock, Emma D’Arcy, Suzanne Gordon, David Bollier, and a response from Marcia Angell. Thomas P. Stossel on the value of academic-industry relationships. State of the Nation: A divisive agenda, Tara McKelvey on reaching nuclear “global zero,” Evgeny Morozov on “perfect” digital memory, Luis Fernando Medina on the effect of Colombia’s violence on democracy, and Jonathan Kirshner on separating Keynes from the Keynesians. Fiction from Jess Row, and Roger Boylan on the passions of Arthur Koestler. Richard Deming on Charles Bernstein’s All the Whiskey in Heaven, Joyelle McSweeney on Daniel Tiffany’s Infidel Politics, Michael Scarf on Indian poetry in English. The winners of the 92nd Street Y/Unterberg Poetry Center “Discovery” contest: Chelsea Jennings, Brandon Kreitler, Tanya Olson, and Camille Rankine. Alan A. Stone reviews Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet. Poems by Christine Garren, Leon Weinmann, Anthony Madrid, Judy Smith McDonough, Tadeusz Dąbrowski (translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones), Patty Seyburn, Jennifer Banks, and Mark DeCarteret. Poet’s Sampler by Lynn Xu, introduced by Ben Lerner.

 

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March/April 2010
Inside: The Rules: Eliot Spitzer on the government’s proper role in the market, with Dean Baker, Sarah Binder, Andrew Gelman, and John Sides, Robert Johnson, and a response from Eliot Spitzer. State of the Nation: What happened in Massachusetts; Vivian Gornick on the theory and practice of justice; Jenny C. Aker and Isaac M. Mbiti on cell phones in Africa; Sidney W. Mintz on lessons learned in the field in Haiti; Colin Dayan on breed bans, euthanasia, and preemptive justice; Ned Block and Philip Kitcher on misunderstanding Darwin. Paul Hockenos on Michael Meyer’s The Year that Changed the World, Peter Siani-Davies’s The Romanian Revolution of 1989, and Tom Gallagher’s Romania and the European Union. New fiction from Eric Freeze. Tess Taylor on Thom Gunn’s Selected Poems and Joshua Weiner’s At the Barriers, Troy Jollimore on H.L. Hix’s Incident Light, and Katie Peterson on Carl Phillips’s Speak Low. Alan A. Stone reviews Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon. Poems by Carolyn Forché, Ernest Farrés, Stephen Dunn, Adrienne Rich, Michael Palmer, Cara Benson, Jorie Graham, Major Jackson, Christopher Deweese, D.A. Powell, Stacy Kidd, and CJ Evans. Poet’s Sampler by Rasheeda Plenty, introduced by A. Van Jordan.

 

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January/February 2010
Inside: Something from Nothing: Nir Rosen on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, with Helena Cobban, Syed Saleem Shahzad, Aziz Hakimi, Andrew Exum, J. Alexander Thier, Andrew J. Bacevich, and a response from Nir Rosen. The State of Boston: A mayoral election special by Stephen Ansolabahere. Dean Baker on how government helps financial giants get richer. Nasser Hussain on counterinsurgency’s comeback. John R. Bowen on misreading Muslim immigration in Europe, and Clay Risen on the decline of Germany’s Social Democrats. Creative non-fiction from Vestal Mcintyre and fiction from Taryn Bowe. James Wallenstein on English writer Geoff Dyer. Leland de la Durantaye on Vladimir Nabokov’s The Original of Laura: A Novel in Fragments. Stephen Burt on the poetics of motherhood. Craig Morgan Teicher reviews Bin Ramke’s Theory of Mind. Alan A. Stone reviews the Coen Brother’s A Serious Man. Poems by Daniel Johnson, Alice Jones, William Wadsworth, Ange Mlinko, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Jennifer Franklin, Mark Irwin and Cathy Park Hong. Poet’s sampler by Christopher Kondrich, introduced by Mark Strand.

 

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November/December 2009
Inside: Investigative special: Tom Barry finds where prisons, poverty, and immigration converge in Texas, Nir Rosen explores Iraq’s ugly peace, and Tara McKelvey investigates religious obstacles to treatment in the military. State of the Nation: the Supreme Court by Stephen Ansolabehere. Vivian Gornick on Edward Carpenter’s democracy of the soul. Evgeny Morozov asks, is it the end of Wikipedia? Ryan Thoreson reviews Albie Sachs’s The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law. John Crowley on Nicholson Baker, Roger Boylan on Samuel Beckett, and two stories by Aura Estrada, translated by Ezra E. Fitz. Alan A. Stone reviews Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Keith Taylor reviews new translations of C.P. Cavafy and B.K. Fischer reviews Dan Beachy-Quick’s A Whaler’s Dictionary and This Nest, Swift Passerine. Rae Armantrout introduces our 12th annual Poetry Contest Winner John Gallaher. Poems by D. Nurkse, L.S. Klatt, Miranda Field, Christine Hume, Cynthia Cruz, Andre Bagoo, Nick Courtright and Amelia Klein. Poet’s Sampler by Farnoosh Fathi, introduced by Christine Hume.

 

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September/October 2009
Inside: Crisis and Hope: Noam Chomsky on failing neoliberal policies in the United States and the developing world. State of the Nation: Getting Warmer by Jon Krosnick, Ariel Malka, and David Scott Yaeger. Stories and Stats: Andrew Gelman and John Sides take on the accepted wisdom of Obama’s victory, with responses from Rick Perlstein, Richard Johnston and Emily Thorson, Mark Schmitt, and Michael C. Dawson, and a response from Gelman and Sides. David Victor and Richard K. Morse on coal and climate policy with a response from Richard Heinberg, Sarah Sewell on a workable genocide policy, and David Shulman on the trial of Israeli peace activist Ezra Nawi. Fiction from Dorthe Nors, translated by Martin Aitken, and G.C. Waldrep on J. Robert Lennon’s Castle and Pieces for The Left Hand. Rober Huddleston reviews Calvin Bedient’s The Yeats Brothers and Modernism’s Love of Motion and Helen Vendler’s Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form. Jordan Davis on poetry in translation. Alan A. Stone reviews Sacha Baron Cohen’s Brüno. Poems by Tom Thompson, Jane Zwart, Geoffrey G. O’Brien, Julie Carr, Trey Sager, Catie Rosemurgy, Joseph Fasano, Adam Day, and Izabela Filipiak, translated by Karen Kovacik. Poet’s Sampler by Broc Rossell, introduced by Dan Beachy-Quick.

 

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July/August 2009
Inside: Development in Dangerous Places: Paul Collier on global poverty and intervention, with Stephen D. Krasner, Mike McGovern, Nancy Birdsall, William Easterly, Larry Diamond, Edward Miguel, and a response from Collier. State of the Nation: how to vote (and what for) by Stephen Ansolabehere. Claudio Lomnitz and Rafael Sánchez on anti-Semitism in Chávez’s Venezuela, Julius Purcell on exhuming the Spanish Civil War, and Evgeny Morozov on the exaggerated fear of cyber-warfare. David Shulman on conflicts between Israeli activists and settlers, Helena Cobban on the decline of the Israeli peace movement, and Jeremy Pressman on the prospect of a two-state solution in Israel. Fiction from Jessica Treglia, the winner of Boston Review’s 16th annual short story contest, as well as Amy Waldman and Colin Dayan. Raymond McDaniel on poetic monologues in Frederick Siedel and Bernadette Mayer; Robert Archambeau reviews Lars Gustafsson’s A Time in Xanadu, and Fredrik Nyberg’s A Different Practice. Alan A. Stone reviews Joe Wright’s The Soloist. Poems by Michele Glazer, Eileen G’Sell, Lynn Emanuel, Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman, Zach Savich, Gretchen Steele Pratt, Robert Murdock, Michael Loughran, Laura Kasischke, Lucas Farrell, and Julio Martínez Mesanza, translated by Don Bogen. Poet’s Sampler by Farid Matuk, introduced by Noah Eli Gordon.

 

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May/June 2009
Inside: The Case for Amnesty: Joseph H. Carens on immigration, with T. Alexander Aleinikoff, Mae M. Ngai, Peter H. Schuck, Arash Abizadeh, Carol M. Swain, Gara LaMarche, Douglas S. Massey, Gerald L. Neuman, Rainer Bauböck, Mary Lyndon Shanley, Linda Bosniak, Rogers M. Smith, Eamonn Callan, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Marc R. Rosenblum, Roberto Suro, and a response from Joseph H. Carens. State of the Nation: Neil Malhotra and Yotam Margarlit on anti-Semitism and the economic crisis. James Forman, Jr. on the boundaries of school reform, Dean Baker on the errors of mainstream economists when it comes to health care, Claude S. Fischer reviews Gar Alperovitz and Lew Daly’s Unjust Deserts and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, and Nancy MacLean on what faith-based activism can do for labor. Fiction from Shivani Manghnani. Stephen Burt on poetry’s “new thing,” Piotr Florczyk reviews Ciaran Carson’s For All We Know, and Boston Review presents the winners of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center contest for emerging poets: Bridget Lowe, Jynne Dilling Martin, Jeffrey Schultz, and Annabelle Yeeseul Yoo. In Film, Alan A. Stone reviews José Luis Guerín’s In the City of Sylvia. Poems by Tadeusz Dąbrowski (translated by Jennifer Carter-Zielińska), Xi Chuan (translated by Arthur Sze), Marc Walston, Jess Sauer, Forrest Gander, Craig Morgan Teicher, Christina Mengert, and Mary Pinard. Poet’s Sampler by Marsha Pomerantz, introduced by Daniel Bosch.

 

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March/April 2009
Inside: Democracy and Muslim Minorities: David Mikhail on Shakir Baloch, Martha C. Nussbaum on Islamic liberalism under fire in India, and John R. Bowen on “recognizing sharia” in England. State of the Nation: Stephen Ansolabehere on public opinion of the Constitution. Evgeny Morozov on whether the Internet spreads democracy, Catherine Tumber on making smaller cities green, and Moni Mohsin gives a personal history of Pakistan on the brink. Michael Gecan on Obama's influences and Joshua Cohen on information technology and democracy. Fiction from D.S. Sulaitis. Roger Boylan writes about the lives of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and James Wallenstein reviews Patrick French’s The World Is What It Is: The Authorized Biography of V.S. Naipaul. Poetry reviews by Honor Moore, Adrienne Rich, Maureen N. McLane, Joyelle McSweeney, and Cecily Parks. In Film, Alan A. Stone reviews Stephen Daldry’s The Reader. Poems by Anne Carson, Terrance Hayes, David Baker, James Logenbach, Linda Gregerson, Mary Jo Bang,Matthew Zapruder, Joseph Campana, Alan Gilbert, Mathias Svalina, and Caroline Knox. Poet’s Sampler by Kristin Fitzsimmons, introduced by Adam Zagajewski.

 

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January/February 2009
Inside: Fixing the Economy: Dean Baker on market regulation, Robert Pollin’s proposals for a financial regulatory system, and Jeff Madrick on big government. State of the Nation: Stephen Ansolabehere and Charles Stewart III on race and Obama’s victory. David Cole on closing Guantánamo, Barnett R. Rubin on Afghan elites, Abbas Milani on democracy in Iran, and Alex Byrne on God. Fiction from Laura van den Berg, and fiction reviews by John Crowley and Neel Mukherjee. Poetry reviews by Amelia Klein and Brian Teare. Alan A. Stone reviews Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York. Poems by Ken White, Brett Fletcher Lauer, Martha Ronk, Sophocles (translated by Reginald Gibbons), L.S. Asekoff, Catie Rosemurgy, Joanna Klink, Ron Winkler (translated by J.D. Schneider), Rae Armantrout, and Rob Schlegel. Poet’s Sampler by Brandon Shimoda, introduced by Karen Volkman.

 

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November/December 2008
Inside: The Rising Tide: Michael D. Mastrandrea and Stephen H. Schneider on adapting to climate change, Glenn Loury on the role of identity in politics, William Hogeland on Philadelphia's Constitution Center, Martha Nussbaum on grief and the foundations of justice, Claude S. Fisher's review The Measure of America, and Richard M. Stallman on the OLPC. Fiction from Kristin S. vanNamen, Comics by Neel Murkherjee and Tom Uglow, and fiction reviews by John Crowley and Amitava Kumar. Poetry reviews by Zach Finch and Aaron McCollough. Alan A. Stone reviews Woody Allen'sVicky Christina Barcelona. Poems by Poetry Contest winner Sarah Arvio, and Thomas Hummel, Aleš Šteger, Rebecca Bridge, Suzanne Buffam, Margaret Monaghan, Arthur Sze, Tom Bourguignon, Emily Fragos, and Poet’s Sampler by Patrick Moran introduced by D.A. Powell.

 

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September/October 2008
Inside: Is There Enough Food and Water?: Rosamond Naylor and Walter Falcon on the global food crisis, Frank Rijsberman on managing the water crisis, Elaine Scarry on prosecuting the president, Lew Daly's review of Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam's Grand New Party, and Joseph Levine on acknowledging the claims of the Palestinians. Fiction from Gay James and fiction reviews by Roger Boylan and Stacy D'Erasmo. Poetry reviews by Robert von Hallberg, Colin Dayan, and Raymond McDaniel. Alan A. Stone reviews Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven. Poems by John Kinsella, Heather Christie, Marlys West, Bruce Bond, James Shea, Dean Young,   Adam O. Davis, 'Annah Sobelman, Sophie Cabot Black, and   Poet’s Sampler by Ashley Capps introduced by Graham Foust.

 

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July/August 2008
Inside: After Prison: a special issue on incarceration; Andrew Bacevich on the memoirs of Douglas Feith and Ricardo Sanchez, Stephen Stedman on John Botlon's No Surrender and Kazee, Lipsky and Martin on the small business lobby. Fiction from Danielle Lazarin, and fiction reviews by Elias Khory and Roger Boylan. Poetry reviews by Marjorie Perloff, Charles Bernstein and Tess Taylor. Alan Stone reviews Tom McCarthy's The Visitor. Poems by Brian Henry, Anna Catone, Victoria Brockmeier, Amy Newlove Schroder, Allan Peterson, Jennifer Militello, Lytton Smith and John Koethe. Poet's Sampler by Youna Kwak, introduced by Jonanna Klink.

 

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May/June 2008
Inside: Is It Africa's Turn: a New Democracy Forum; Helena Cobban on Hamas and the end of the two-state solution, Sam Ferguson on Argentina's quest for justice, William Hogeland on Pete Seeger and William F. Buckley, Jr. and public history, and Kevin Mattson on Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism. Fiction from Patricia Engel, winner of the fifteenth annual Boston Review fiction contest, and a fiction review by Zakes Mda. Poetry reviews by Maureen McLane, Andrew Zawacki and Erien Belieu. Alan Stone reviews the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men. Poems by Desirée Alvarez, Bridgette Bates, Matvei Yankelevich, D.A. Powell, Barbara Claire Freeman, Frances Justine Post, Marie Howe, Cynthia Lowen. A poetry sampler by John W. Evans, introduced by Campbell McGrath.

 

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March/April 2008
Inside: Protecting the Internet without wrecking it: a New Democracy Forum; John Rawls reflects on baseball, Michael Gecan describes urban deline in the suburbs, and Suzane Gordon explores physicians' notions of quality health care. Fiction from Dagoberto Gilb and fiction reviews by Roger Boylan and Mythili G. Rao. Poetry reviews by Stephen Burt, Joyelle McSweeney, and Katie Peterson. Alan Stone reviews Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood. Poems by Raymond McDaniel, Linnea Ogden, Elisa Gabbert, Kathleen Rooney, Dan Beachy-Quick, Gerard Malanga, Kazim Ali, Melissa Kwasny, Samuel Menashe, Priscilla Becker, and Mark McKee. A poetry sampler by Stephen Sturgeon, introduced by Philip Nikolayev.

 

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January/February 2008
Inside: Nir Rosen on Al Qaeda in Lebanon; a special section on ending urban poverty with Dalton Conley, Patrick Sharkey, and Stefanie DeLuca. Pranab Bardhan on the rise of China and India; Vivian Gornick on Hannah Arendt. Fiction from Michael Agresta and fiction reviews by Dimiter Kenarov and Neel Mukherjee. Poetry reviews by Alan Gilbert, Jennifer Grotz, and Kathryn Crim. Alan Stone reviews Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. Poems by Martha Zweig, Jennifer Chang, Iain Haley Pollock, Sabrina Orah Mark, Tomaž Šalamun, Mark Bibbins, and Martha Zweig. A poetry sampler from Cyrus Console, introduced by Geoffrey G. Obrien.

 

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November/December 2007
Inside: Abbas Milani and Akbar Ganji on Ahmadinejad's Iran; William Hogeland on Alexander Hamilton and American finance; Colin Dayan on prisoners' rights to read; Paul Hockenos on Germany's urban guerillas; Fiction by Matthew Stewart and Charles Johnson; Catalina Holguin's commentary on Haruki Murakami; Poetry reviews by W. Martin, Alissa Valles, and Reginald Shepherd; Alan A. Stone's review of Paul Haggis's In the Valley of Elah. Poems by Stephanie Anderson, John Spalding, Arthur Vogelsang, Scott Topper, Fred Muratori, John Updike, Rusty Morrison, Kevin Young, Matthew Dickman, Major Jackson, and Elizabeth Willis, winner of the tenth annual Boston Review poetry contest, selected by Susan Stewart.

 

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September/October 2007
Inside: Owen Fiss, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, and Jenny S. Martinez on international criminal courts; Nir Rosen on displaced Iraqis; Fiction by K.J. Bishop and Nicholas Delbanco; Poetry reviews by Celia Bland, Craig Morgan Teicher, and Geoffrey B. O'Brien; Alan A. Stone's review of Werner Herzog's film Rescue Dawn. Poems by Nadia Herman Colburn, Val Vinokur, Mary Jo Bang, Edip Cansever, Roberto Bolaño, James McCorkle, andAndrew Zawacki; Poet's sampler by Matt Shears, introduced by Claudia Keelan.

 

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July/August 2007
Inside: Glenn Loury on why so many Americans are in prison; Robert Blecher and Jeremy Pressman on Israel's existential crisis; George Scialabba on the curse of modernity; Anatol Lieven on where realists and progressives can meet; Charles Johnson on artistic passion;Aura Estrada on Cesar Aira and Roberto Bolano; Fiction by Patricia Engel, Roger Boylan and Scott Saul; Forrest Gander on John Ashbery; Poetry reviews by G.C. Waldrep and Karen Volkman;Alan A. Stone on Sarah Polley's Away From Her. Poems by Christine Garren, Samuel Amadon, Craig Morgan Teicher, Carrie Robb, Cal Bedient, Brian Teare; Poet's sampler by Ewa Chrusciel, introduced by Jorie Graham.

 

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May/June 2007
Inside: Nukes, Democracy, and Iran: Akbar Ganji on changing Iran from within; Hans Blix on global arms control; R. Nicholas Burns on U.S. policy; and Michael McFaul and Abbas Milani on a third way. Catherine Tumber on the place of religion in politics; Lew Daly on the Catholic roots of American liberalism; and Nicholas Schmidle on the Islamist challenge to secular Bangladesh. Boston Review's Fiction Contest winner, Pama Viswanathan; John Crowley on Rosamond Purcell. Poetry review essays by John Palattella, Garth Greenwell, and Katie Peterson. Alan A. Stone revisits Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.Poems by Andrew Mister, Andrew Seguin, David Lau, Nicholas Laughlin, Deborah Anne Roth, Brenda Shaughnessy, Karla Kelsey, Jean Esteve, and Kevin Davies.

 

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March/April 2007
Inside: What Helps Poor Countries Grow? Nancy Birdsall on globalization and inequality; Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee goes inside the economic machine; Michael Kremer, David Clingingsmith, and Benjamin A. Olken present case studies. Sarah Chayes on selling out Afghanistan; Dalton Conley on the geography of poverty; Alex Byrne on knowing right and wrong. Fiction by Peter Mountford; Andrée Greene on Nigerian novelists; Jan Clausen on Sarah Waters. Review essays by Barbara K. Fischer, Calvin Bedient, and Victoria Chang. Alan A. Stone on Alejandro González Iñárritu's Babel.Poems by Jorie Graham, Nick Twemlow, Carrie Bennett, Allen Grossman, Michael Robins, Susan Stewart, H.L. Hix, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Michele Glzaer, and James Hall.

 

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January/February 2007
Inside: Kerry Emanuel on climate change, with respondents' proposals for action. Joseph Nevins on East Timor, Maureen N. McLane on sex-ed wars, Ebrahim Moosa on joining a madrasa. Fiction by Ivelisse Rodriguez; Vivian Gornick on H.G. Wells; Roger Boylan on John McGahern. Review essays by Lawrence Rosen, Tanya Larkin, Brian Teare, and Joyelle McSweeney. Alan A. Stone discusses Marc Forster's Stranger than Fiction.Poems by Stephanie Cleveland, Travis Nichols, John Isles, John Ashbery, James Longenbach, Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle, Rebecca Reynolds, Erica Bernheim, and Jynne Dilling Martin (introduced byMatthea Harvey).

 

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November/December 2006
Inside: Nir Rosen's special report, Anatomy of a Civil War. Elaine Scarry on why military honor matters; Helena Cobban on Israel and Lebanon; Anatol Lieven on using American force wisely. Fiction by Madeline Kotowicz; Charles Johnson on John Champlin Gardner; C.D. Wright introduces the winner of the ninth annual poetry contest. Review essays by Susan Barba and Tom Thompson. Alan A. Stone on Changing Times. Poems by Stephanie Pippin, Noah Eli Gordon, Nick Admussen, Landis Everson, Joan Houlihan, Martha Ronk, and David Blair (introduced by David Rivard).

 

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September/October 2006
Inside: Seeds of Change. Claudio Lomnitz on Latin America's rebellion; Michael J. Piore and Andrew Schrank on the human costs of free markets; Henry Farrell on political blogging; Heather Gerken on six ways to reform democracy—with Luis Ricardo Fraga, Archon Fung, Samuel Issacharoff, Pamela S. Karlan, Alex Keyssar, and Spencer Overton; Ruth Milkman on labor unions; Jonathan Fox on binational citizens; Susie Linfield on photography criticism; Mae M. Ngai on the immigration debate; Dalton Conley on Charles Murray. Reviews by Laila Lalami, John Wilkinson, John Palattella, Brian Kim Stefans and others. Alan A. Stone on Water. Fiction by Yvonne Woon. Poems by Jeremy Valentine Freeman, Frederick Farryl Goodwin, Kate Hall, Hank Lazer, Cate Marvin, Carey McHugh, Cecily Parks, and César Vallejo.

 


July/August 2006
Inside: Making Aid Work. Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee on how to fight global poverty effectively—with Ian Goldin, F. Halsey Rogers, and Nicholas Stern; Mick Moore; Ian Vásquez; Angus Deaton; Alice H. Amsden; Robert H. Bates; Carlos Barbery; Howard White; Jagdish Bhagwati; Raymond C. Offenheiser and Didier Jacobs; and Ruth Levine. Jhumpa Lahiri on R.K. Narayan. Majorie Welish on Raymond Queneau. Reviews by Rebecca Saxe, Kevin Mattson, G.C. Waldrep, Katie Peterson, Stefania Heim and others. Alan A. Stone on L'Enfant. Fiction by Jennie Berner and T.E. Holt. Poems by Seth Abramson, Nicholas Harp, Quinn Latimer, Ben Lerner, Heather McHugh, Liam Rector, and Tom Thompson.

 

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May/June 2006
Inside: Free and Fair. Greg Grandin on Venezuela's Rebel President; Helena Cobban on Hamas's Next Steps; Stephen Glain on Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood; Marc B. Haefele on Argentina's Campaign Against the Past. Ben-Zion Gold on Faith and Doubt; Alex Byrne on Consciousness; Jefferson Decker on how the Republicans came to rule the South. Fiction by Tiphanie Yanique; review essays by André Greene, Emily Barton, John Palatella, Ernest Larsen, Robert Hahn and others. Alan A. Stone on Judgement Day. Poems by Katy Lederer, Mark McMorris, Sandra Lim, Robert Desnos, William Kulik, Kathy Nilsson, Hugh Steinberg, Jenny Boully.

 

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March/April 2006
Inside: Can the People Rule? Gianpaolo Baiocchi on the citizens of Porto Alegre; James S. Fishkin on turning public opinion into policy; Josiah Ober on learning from Athens; John Gastil, Dan M. Kahan, and Donald Braman on ending polarization. Nir Rosen on the roots of sectarian violence in Iraq; Khaled Abou El Fadl on Osama bin Laden; Nick Bromell on why freedom isn't enough. Fiction by Deb Olin Unferth; review essays by James Hynes, Kurt Brown, Amy Newlove Schroeder, Joyelle McSweeney, and Dan Beachy-Quick. Alan A. Stone on Pride and Prejudice. Poems by Frank Bidart, Michelle Noteboom, Sarah Rosenthal, Anna Rabinowitz, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, Matthew Zapruder, Mark Levine, Shane Book, Ben Doyle, and F. Daniel Rzicznek.

 

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January/February 2006
Inside: Exit Strategy. Barry R. Posen with Barbara K. Bodine, Joseph R. Biden Jr., Vivek Chibber, Russell D. Feingold, Randall Forsberg, Lawrence Korb and Brian Katulis, Helena Cobban, Christopher Preble, Eliot Weinberger, and Nir Rosen. Jon D. Hanson and Adam Benforado on why the Supreme Court makes justices more liberal; John R. Bowen on France's riots; Dorothy Roberts on a world without race. Fiction by D.S. Sulaitis; review essays by Roger Boylan, Susan M. Schultz, Geoffrey G. O'Brien, and others. Alan A. Stone on Nine Lives. Poems by Ales Debeljak, C. Durning Carroll, Robley Evans, Joanna Klink, Catherine Knox, Ernest Hilbert, Thylias Moss, Peter Richards, and Dan Chelotti.

 

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November/December 2005
Inside: Reforming Health Care. Jill Quadagno on our failing health-care system; John Geyman on national health insurance; Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Victor R. Fuchs on health-care vouchers; Barbara Starfield on putting doctors where they count. Claudio Lomnitz on Mexico's race problem; Alex Byrne on knowing our minds; Jan-Werner Müller on the EU; Hugh Gusterson on auditors. Fiction by T.E. Holt; review essays by Marjorie Perloff, John Crowley, and others. Alan A. Stone on The Beat That My Heart Skipped. Poems by Anne Duden, John Kinsella, Catherine Meng, Jesse Ball, Richard Meier, Rafael Campo, Giles Goodland, Dara Wier, and Christin Call.

 

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September/October 2005
Inside: 30th-anniversary issue. Special retrospective section. What's Hurting the Middle Class. Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi, with Juliet Schor, Robert D. Manning, Jeff Madrick, Stephen Brobeck, Jared Bernstein, and others. Susie Linfield on looking at photographs of the condemned; Rebecca Saxe on cognitive science's search for a common morality; fiction by Ivelisse Rodriguez; review essays by John Koethe, M.K. Chakrabarti, and others. Alan A. Stone on Kings and Queen. Poems by Peter Gizzi, Dan Chiasson, Allen Grossman, C.D. Wright, Ingeborg Bachmann, Karen Volkman, and Charlotte Boulay.

 

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Summer 2005
Inside: Crossing the Border. Jacqueline Bhabha on reforming immigration policy; Jennifer Gordon on American sweatshops; Joseph H. Carens on belonging. Howard Zinn on myths of American exceptionalism; Noam Chomsky on the universals of language and rights; William F. Schultz on the human-rights movement's dilemma; Alan Keenan on Sri Lanka. Marian Marzynski's "dreamoirs"; fiction by Ibarionex Perello. Alan A. Stone on Million Dollar Baby. Poems by Cal Bedient, Joanne Straley, Soyoung Jung, Lisa Lubasch, John Koethe, and Melanie Cooley.

 

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April/May 2005
Inside: The Believers. Albert J. Raboteau on Christianity in public life; Lew Daly on Bush's faith-based initiative; Mike Gecan on the Democrats' contempt for religion and what it costs them; a sidebar by Ari Lipman; Gary B. Nash on how evangelical Protestantism came to dominate American religion. Susie Linfield on Robert Capa's hope; Vivian Gornick on Teller and Oppenheimer; Alex Byrne on appearance and reality; Helena Cobban on the new face of Hizbullah. Fiction by Lisa Chipongian and Pablo Medina. Brian Kim Stefans reviews W.S. Graham's New Collected Poems; Calvin Bendient reviews Jorie Graham's Overlord. Alan Stone reviews Michael Radford's The Merchant of Venice. Poetry by Eugene Ostashevsky, Sally Dawidoff, Kevin Prufer, Debbie Kuan, Benjamin Paloff, Sarah Manguso, Gustaf Sobin, and Jane Miller. Poet's sampler by Dorothea Lasky.

 

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February/March 2005
Inside: The Future of American Foreign Policy. In the National Interest. Stephen M. Walt, with Richard Falk, Ervand Abrahamian, Mary Kaldor, Mahmood Mandani, Joseph Nye, and others. Deborah Stone on the language of torture; Martin van Creveld on Moshe Dayan; Vivek Chibber on the benevolent empire; Neta C. Crawford on the Cold War triumphalism; Claudio Lomnitz on Samuel Huntington; and Stephen Ansolabehere and Charles Stewart III on how moral values and the gay-marriage backlash did not help Bush after all. Fiction by Eric Gansworth. Stephen Burt on Donald Justice. Alan A. Stone on two versions of Henry V. Poems by Stephen Berg, G.C. Waldrep, Honor Moore, James Longenbach, Stacy Szymaszek, and others.

 

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December 2004/January 2005
Inside: The Right Fight. Police and civil rights. Daniel Richman, with David A. Harris, Bob Barr, Edward Rubin, William J. Stuntz, Juliette Kayyem, and others. Benjamin Paloff on Poland's Jewish past; Jamie Monson on the unexpected success of a Cold War development project; Christine J. Walley on the Tanzania's people's park; Rajan Menon on Imperial Hubris and The 9/11 Commission Report; Mick Moore on Francis Fukuyama; and Jeremy Pressman on Dennis Ross's The Missing Peace. Fiction by Emily Fridlund. Zack Finch on Marjorie Welish. Alan A. Stone on Zhang Yimou's Hero. Poems by Garth Greenwell, L.S. Klatt, Andrew Grace, Bruce Smith, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, and others.

 

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October/November 2004
Inside: In Empire's Shadow. Sadik J. Al-Azm on the Arab imagination; Alex de Waal on Darfur, Sudan; Ahmed S. Hashim on the Iraqi insurgency; and an argument for democracy in Taiwan. Joan Dayan on the end of the Eighth Amendment. Fiction by Maile Chapman. Alex Byrne and Ned Hall on analytic philosophy; Catherine Gunther Kodat on the cultural Cold War. John Crowley on Walt Kelly's Pogo; Scott Saul on Henry Dumas; Nicholas Delbanco on writing The Vagabonds. Poetry reviews by Rafael Campo, Brian Kim Stefans, and Jacques Khalip. Alan A. Stone on Pedro Almodóvar's Bad Education. Poems by Allen Grossman, Susan M. Schultz, Bob Perelman, and others.

 

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