Jonathan Morse
Stamens 1
Pigment print on Moab Juniper rag
(24 x 36 inches), 2018
Copyright held by the artist
Frontispiece Fall 2019

392morse 2
Jonathan Morse
Stamens 2

Pigment print on Moab Juniper rag
(24 x 36 inches), 2018
Copyright held by the artist
Frontispiece Fall 2019

..."Happiness lies in the perimeter"...
Fall 2019, page 64

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 Fall 2019 issue…

An Isadorable Unbound
Christoph Irmscher

In June 1914, a group of six young German girls, the Isadora Duncan dancers, made their public debut at the Trocadéro in Paris.

Two Poems
Marsha Pomerantz
Fuji does not float
but will not drown. Below mist
loyal boatmen loll. . .

After Exceptionalism
Patrick Lawrence
At four-thirty in the afternoon of Saturday, 4 April 2009, Barack Obama stood before a throng of correspondents in the Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, a high-Modernist convention center on the place de Bordeaux in Strasbourg.

Looking for Europe in a Benedictine Garden
Paolo Rumiz translated by Gregory Conti
The old monastery sleeps in the winter mist, anchored like a battleship on the last promontory of the Euganean hills overlooking the plain.

Vicissitudes of Plot (fiction)
Gordon Lish
She said, "Take them if you want them."
She had opened the drawer, and said, "Take some if you want."
She drew the drawer open and said, "If you want some, take some."
The drawer was almost all of the way open.

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