The Editors

  • Being a Kid

    This spring, in partnership with the public-ethics program Winning Words, we interviewed a group of second-graders at an elementary school on the South Side of Chicago about what they think it means to be…

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  • Issue 20

    The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 20. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe now.   Letter On Choosing Life [Anastasia Berg and Rachel…

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  • Issue 19

    The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 19. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe now.   Letter On Left Straussianism [Anastasia Berg and Jon…

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  • Working with the Earth

    This fall and winter we invited people who work with the land—farmers, ranchers, foresters, ecologists and others—to tell us what they think the earth is for. What follows is a selection of the responses…

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  • Issue 18

    The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 18. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe now. Letter On Denialism It is an inconvenient truth that…

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  • Skin in the Game
    Notes from election night

    After the midterms, we had our writers and editors reflect on what the election meant to them. ● I cast my first ballot ever on November 6, 2012. I woke up early for a…

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  • Letter on Justice

    Franz Kafka’s “In the Penal Colony” begins with a Traveler, described as a “great Western explorer,” learning about a “peculiar apparatus” of justice. The apparatus, known as the Harrow, is administered by the Officer.…

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  • Living in Prison

    This summer, in partnership with Chicago Books to Women in Prison, we distributed a short survey to incarcerated women across the country, inviting them to tell us about their experience of living in prison.…

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  • Issue 17

    The annotated table of contents below offers a sneak peek at what’s in issue 17. To get the issue delivered straight to your door, subscribe now. Letter  On Justice As in so many of Kafka’s…

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  • Intellectuals in Crisis: A Requiem

    Intellectual Ex-Radicals and World Reaction: The Crisis of the Disillusioned Fellow-Travelers of Bolshevism Is Not the Same as a “Crisis of Marxism” (Trotsky 1939) The Intellectual: Will He Wither Away? (King 1957) Alienation and Integration…

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