Frontispiece, St. John's Roman Catholic Church, Albany, New York, Digital photograph, November 2017, by Dylan Foglesong

Dylan Foglesong
St. Johns's Roman Catholic Church
Albany, New York
Digital photograph, November 2017

..What do you have to give up in order to feel alive?...
Spring 2023, page 1

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...


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


Current Exhibit: 꽃 (flower)

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Selections from our Spring 2023 issue…

The Sinister Seductions of "Humane War"
Lyle Jeremy Rubin
On 11 September 1950, Harry Truman greenlighted the crossing of Korea's 38th parallel. This followed the president's comparison of the North's southward invasion with Hitler's aggressions in the thirties.

Four Poems
Lisa Russ Spaar

In swathes of remnant farm
behind our own new-minted ranches,
one of the three models strung

like freight cars up our treeless asphalt
slab of subdivision's grid

Killmonger in the Museum: Fantasy, History, Restitution
Jonah Siegel
We meet the character Killmonger near the beginning of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther (2018), at the Museum of Great Britain, during a wonderfully realized sequence where a misattributed object is first correctly identified and then stolen.

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