Arch 3 (Ithaca/Paris/Winter/Day)
Oil on linen
(12 x 12 inches), 2013
Copyright held by the artist
Frontispiece Winter 2017
...Call it Capital, call it Modernity Post Hoc—
the hours have passed through the hourglass
and back into the sea...
Winter 2017, page 24
Welcome to Raritan—a journal of wide-ranging inquiry. In the tradition of independent magazines from the Spectator to Partisan Review, Raritan offers writers and readers the opportunity for sustained reflection and aesthetic pleasure, uncluttered by academic jargon. Founded in 1981 by the distinguished literary critic Richard Poirier, and supported by Rutgers University, Raritan aims to reach the common reader in everyone and to provide a particular experience of reading, one that nurtures an engaged and questioning approach to cultural texts of all sorts: literary, artistic, political, historical, sociological, even scientific.
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Editor in Chief
A Note on the Winter 2017 Issue
Every issue of Raritan finds a coherence that can’t be chalked up completely to editorial deliberation. There is always a bit of mystery--call it chance--to the way a table of contents takes shape. Our current issue illustrates this quality in its attention to a few of the great American teachers and critics of the twentieth century. Read more...