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Print Issue Archive

Browse our archive of print issues below, back to our founding in 1975.

December 1996/January 1997

Debate on Richard B. Freeman's "Solving the New Inequality," with responses by James Tobin, Heidi Hartmann, Michael Piore, Frances Fox Piven, James Heckman, Ernesto Cortes, Jr., and Paul R. Krugman. Also: Robert C. Berwick on Dawkins' Climbing Mount Improbable and Allen Orr on Darwin's Black Box, Michael Greenberg on Eva Peron, and Alan Stone reviews Secrets and Lies. Plus fiction, poetry, book reviews and much more.

February/March 1997

Debate on Daniel Luria and Joel Rogers' "A New Urban Agenda," with responses by Phillip Thompson, Myron Orfield, Richard Feldman, and Margaret Weir. Also: "Is Darwin in the Details?" Plus Peter Godfrey-Smith asks "Can We Control Disease?", and Alan Stone reviews The English Patient, "Herodotus Goes to Hollywood." Plus fiction, poetry, book reviews and much more.

April/May 1997

Debate on campaign finance reform: David Donelly, Janice Fine, and Ellen Miller's "Going Public," with responses by Senator Russell Feingold, Douglas Phelps, Joshua Rosenkranz, Bruce Ackerman, Thomas Mann, and others. Also: "Little Bit," an oral history of the civil rights movement, an essay by Lindsay Waters on European cultural unity and Alan Stone on Hamlet. Plus Marjorie Perloff on the Yasusada hoax, poetry, book reviews and much more.

Summer 1997

Debate on Robert Haveman's "Equity with Employment," with responses by Robert Solow, Fritz Scharpf, and Rebecca Blank. Also: F.M. Kamm's "A Right to Choose Death?" More on the Yasusada hoax, Alan Stone on Shine, fiction by W.D. Wetherell, poetry, Richard Howard on C.K. Williams' The Vigil and much more.

Forum VIII (Fall 2018)

“All history,” writes Maximillian Alvarez in his contribution to this issue, “is the history of empire—a bid for control of that greatest expanse of territory, the past.” Evil Empire confronts these histories head-on, exploring the motivations, consequences, and surprising resiliency of empire and its narratives. Contributors grapple with the economic, technological, racial, and rhetorical elements of U.S. power and show how the effects are far-reaching and, in many ways, self-defeating. Drawing on a range of disciplines—from political science to science fiction—our authors approach the theme with imagination and urgency, animated by the desire to strengthen the fight for a better future. Purchase your copy today.

Forum VI (Spring 2018)

The poems in What Nature were not written on Walden Pond. They were not written because poetry can save the Earth. If they are a far cry from last century’s nature poetry, it is because “nature” today is a far cry from sanctuary or retreat. These poems are not at ease and there is no place left to retreat. They are themselves far cries: urgent calls for rethinking our place on an imperiled planet.

Forum VII (Summer 2018)

From the breast pump to freezing women’s eggs, new technologies have long promised to “liberate” women, but the results are often uneven, freeing some women while worsening the oppression of others. Once and Future Feminist explores the intersection of feminism and tech with guest editor Merve Emre. The collection explores the advantages and disadvantages technology offers feminism from all angles: sexual, biological, economic, and political. In the age of Silicon Valley, these issues are more pressing than ever, and this collection pushes readers to consider not only whether emancipatory feminism is possible today, but also what it might look like.

Forum V (Winter 2018)

April 4, 2018, marked the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. This collection grapples with his enduring legacy. Though he is widely celebrated as a national hero—martyr to an inspiring dream about our country's largest possibilities—many younger Americans now greet his name with suspicion, viewing him as an essentially conservative figure. These essays offer critical engagement in place of canonization, recovering—and scrutinizing—the profoundly radical nature of King's political, moral, and religious thought.

Forum IV (Fall 2017)

Reader Katia Fowler says, “Global Dystopias is shattering and marvelous. I am in awe. Thank you for ripping my heart out and cradling it at the same time.” Publishers Weekly writes, “[S]ome of the best contributions . . . include nuanced examinations of gender-based oppression. In Charlie Jane Anders’s astoundingly good ‘Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue,’ the narrator is forced . . . into a body she doesn’t want and didn’t ask for. Maria Dahvana Headley’s ‘Memoirs of an Imaginary Country’ explores the connection between the colonization of women’s bodies and colonization of non-Western countries. Tananarive Due’s ‘The Reformatory’ reveals a single moment of horrific abuse in a young black boy’s . . . life. Maureen McHugh’s ‘Cannibal Acts’ and Nalo Hopkinson’s ‘Waving at Trains’ are excellent stories of viral apocalypses and their aftermath.”