Peter LaBier
Oil on canvas
(76.5 x 54 inches), 2015
Copyright held by the artist
Frontispiece Winter 2019

...With old man Johann Sebastian Bach I am on the border of penetrating the secret of perpetual motion...
Winter 2019, page 97

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...

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

Selections from our Winter 2019 issue…

Salinger: The New One
Jessica Burstein

Ten-thirty on an absolutely gorgeous November morning, when I went to pick up my new Salinger at the local bookstore--independent, since the town I live in is rolling in them, and it just seemed wrong to have the usual behemoth beam a potentially holy object directly into my mailbox, Kindle, or retinal chip--there was a line around the block and then some. . .

The Supreme Court and the Corruption of Democracy
Lynn Adelman
The Supreme Court's 2016 decision unanimously vacating the federal bribery conviction of Robert McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia, is too important to be ignored, as it largely has been. . .

Daniel Wolff
In anticipation of travel,
you watch your children
splash watercolor

on white paper,
try to remember
—in anticipation of travel—

what you will leave.

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