381LaBierPeter LaBier
White Fright
Oil on canvas
(48 x 36 inches), 2017
Copyright held by the artist
Frontispiece Summer 2018

...Would it shock you to learn he stole from us, lost all those jobs? Wants people to feel sorry for him with that insect business...
Summer 2018, page 115

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.

Our contributors include some of the most prominent thinkers of our time—David Bromwich, Adam Phillips, Jacqueline Rose, Pankaj Mishra—as well as talented younger writers whose voices we have just begun to hear—Corey Robin, Elizabeth Samet, Timothy Parrish, Kate Northrop, Jennifer Burns. In fiction, poetry, and translations as well as reflective essays, Raritan shows that probing inquiry is perfectly compatible with personal style, and that intellectual life, at its best, is a form of serious play. We invite you to explore Raritan and, if you like what you see, to subscribe to our magazine.

Jackson Lears
Editor in Chief

Jackson Lears: Invisible Inheritance
Editor's Note — Summer 2018
1968 is back. Its fiftieth anniversary has produced a flood of books, articles, memoirs, even performance art. The dramatis personae in these narratives rarely vary: along with the inescapable public figures there are recurring  representatives of the restless young—the SDS, the Yippees, the self-styled Maoists, the devotees of Che. I seldom see myself or anyone I knew in these accounts, though I turned twenty-one in 1968 and was profoundly affected by the events of that era. Read more...

Jackson Lears: Invisible Inheritance
Editor's Note — Summer 2018

Selections from our Summer 2018 issue…

Discerning Vladimir Putin
Patrick Lawrence

. . . Favoring Putin or detesting him is not at issue, to run straight at a point that I should not have to make.

Putin: From Soulmate to Archenemy
David S. Foglesong
Ever since George W. Bush looked into Vladimir Putin's eyes and "was able to get a sense of his soul," the story of their meeting in Slovenia in 2001 has been invoked as a lesson about the need for innocent Americans to awaken to the innate devilry of Russia's leader. . .

Herr Samsa's Testimony (fiction)
Victoria Nelson
The world hasn't room enough for all who would be innocent. . .

Harvest (poetry)
Anne Pierson Wiese
Clasp of grief and chafe of grain -- we're too far gone to get home again . . .

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