Joan Mitchell
No Daisies
Oil on canvas
(102 x 87 inches), 1980
Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris
© Estate of Joan Mitchell
Photo by Jacques Faujour 
© CNAC/MNAM/Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY
Frontispiece Summer 2020

...We knew every hole in the breaker. And we'd hide and go through it in complete darkness. We'd go over the machinery and around it....We'd get to know it like a bunch of rats....
Summer 2020, page 53

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

Selections from our Summer 2020 issue…

Assange behind Glass
Patrick Lawrence

Of all the images of Julian Assange made public over the years, three are indelibly haunting, even if, as we look at them, their import comes to us subliminally.

The Man Who Knew Too Much
Lyle Jeremy Rubin
Suppose a grave-looking man, after approaching you on the sidewalk, announced that the government had contingency plans to annihilate the bulk of humanity and most large nonhuman species to boot.

Black Desert: Nineteen Remnants
Ray Klimek
Breaker boys were an important part of the coal industry's workforce from the mid-1860s until the 1920s.

Three Poems
Sarah Paley

You're my fucking husband and I'll kill you if
I want! The wife claws and flails fruitlessly.
The glowering husband does his own riff.

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