Frontispiece "White Bird" William Baziotes
William Baziotes
White Bird
Oil on Canvas
(62.5 x 50.5 x 2.75 inches), 1957
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Gift of Seymour H. Knox Jr.
© Estate of William Baziotes
Photo: Albright-Knox Art Gallery/
Art Resource, NY
Frontispiece Winter 2021

..the way a brother feels compassion for a brother..this is how a peaceable kingdom looks to me: not a gnawed bone of lamb in a tiger's cage beneath a verse from Isaiah, but rather two fellow-sufferers, bound one to another against their will...
Winter 2021, page 71

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: One Hundred Seconds
Editor's Note — Summer 2020
At what feels like an apocalyptic moment, the nation that has always claimed to play a uniquely redemptive role in world history has suddenly been recast in a different mold. In the richest country on earth, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have turned out to be peculiarly catastrophic. Read more...

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Jackson Lears: One Hundred Seconds
Editor's Note — Summer 2020


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Selections from our Winter 2021 issue…

Two Poems
Bruce Bond

Seasonal fires wherever they may find us,
here at the edge of the northern forest,

lit at point of origin by cloud, crash,
or high-voltage cable; they blaze a path

A History of Fire
Lucienne Bestall
BBC News Online, Monday, 12 November 2018. Today's news is black with ash. A wildfire burns in Malibu, the town of Paradise is razed, and the California sky is dark with smoke.

And Now, Let's All Play "What's My Line?"
Willard Spiegelman

On 9 May 1961, at the start of his two-year stint as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Newton Minow gave a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters. One small phrase from it entered into the national consciousness and has resonated ever since, although it usually has been taken out of context.

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