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Symposium

Every issue has one section dedicated to a particular question. Collecting responses from a range of perspectives, these symposia prompt us to think about the values and ideas that shape our most urgent cultural and personal decisions.

18

Winter 2019

 

On the End

What ought we to be optimistic for? For the survival of the earth? For the continuation of the human species?

 

Animal Magnetism

Among other, graver things, I will remember the summer of 2018 as the summer during which we tried to stop using plastic straws.

 

Past Underfoot

From the water, our first view of the town is a magenta haze on the northern shore.

 

Toward a Useful Ignorance

I remember shutting my eyes to hear the soft wind sigh in the fine fringe of wire-thin needles, gathered five to a bunch, soughing high…

 

Conservation’s Radical Center

What the hell am I doing here? It must have been 120 degrees—hotter, actually, since heat was also blasting upward from the volcanic rock all…

 

Stretching the Veil

The 1850 Census was the first to ask U.S. residents about their place of birth, which made it possible to calculate the foreign-born percentage of…