Frontispiece ''The Old Water'' by Thornton Dial Sr.

Thornton Dial Sr.
The Old Water

Steel, tin, wood, wire, cloth, carpet, driftwood,
wood trellis, barbed wire, enamel,
spray paint, and Splash Zone compound
(84 x 146.5 x 4 inches), 2004

Collection of Philadelphia Museum of Art
(museum purchase and gift of the
Souls Grown Deep Foundation)
© 2021 Estate of Thornton Dial/
Artists Rights Society, New York
Photo by Pitkin Studio/Art Resource, New York

...''What I don't get,'' said Marcus Marquez, ''is where's the body at? You don't just chop off pieces and rest is gone."...
Fall 2021, page 110

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...

Writers, please take note: We will not be accepting manuscript submissions from June 1 to September 1 in order to attend to our backlog of submissions. Our reading period will resume on September 1, 2022.

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


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Selections from our Fall 2021 issue…

The Writers' Studio
Ben Miller
On the third floor of Byerly Hall, standing eye-to-eye with tiers of chestnut-tree leaves, I often thought of how certain good deeds, like tiny seeds, can grow in significance as decades pass and circumstances are better understood thanks to images that refuse and refuse to fade.

Seven Psalm Octets
Susan Stewart
Why should you be angry, why these
burning words when I'm so low my bones
ache, my teeth ache, and mercy is your
power's proof?...

The Travails of a ''Lady Scientist""
Ann Fabian
On a Thursday night in December 1920, an attendant at the Museum of Natural History, worried about a woman, called the police. The next morning, the New York Times ran a short account -- three sentences on a back page, smuggled down below Friday's theater news.

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