392morse_1
Jonathan Morse
Climates 3
Pigment print on Moab Juniper rag
(24 x 36 inches), 2019
Copyright held by the artist
Frontispiece Winter 2020





392morse 2
Jonathan Morse
Afterthoughts 6

Pigment print on Moab Juniper rag
(24 x 36 inches), 2018
Copyright held by the artist
Frontispiece Winter 2020

...Emile the octopus rescues a deep-sea diver and becomes a hero, but longs only to return to the sea...
Winter 2020, page 79

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...

3/19/2020: Until further notice, send submissions to rqr@sas.rutgers.edu

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

Selections from our Winter 2020 issue…

The Roberts Court v. the First Amendment
Lynn Adelman

Our present Supreme Court has developed an unfortunate and disturbing interpretation of the First Amendment, transforming the amendment into a weapon of the rich and powerful.


Affirming America

George Scialabba
I once heard an eminent historian praise a colleague's new volume as "a synthesis masquerading as a textbook."


Two Poems

Susan Barba
Human gestures.

To pick up a stone to see what's underneath.

To pick up a stone and throw it in the stream.

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Summer 2019
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Spring 2019
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