Frontispiece "Everybody's Universal Tabernacle Church of Holiness (originally Bethsania Evangelical Lutheran Church) Detroit, Michigan" (digital photograph)

Dylan Foglesong
Everybody's Universal Tabernacle Church of Holiness
(originally Bethania Evangelical Lutheran Church)
Detroit, Michigan

Digital photograph, November 2017

...I was enchanted by the tiny world I was creating until, suddenly, I was not...
Fall 2022, page 56

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.

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Selections from our Fall 2022 issue…

Frederick Douglass at the Emancipation Memorial
Chandos Michael Brown
"It must be admitted, truth compels me to admit, even here in the presence of the monument we have erected to his memory, Abraham Lincoln was not, in the fullest sense of the word, either our man or our model."

Otter and Seal
John Kinsella

Pier's End betokens
cored discs of fireworks,
distraught wrappers

of celebration, of spent
rapture through dazzle
which holds Clear Island;

Adam Smith and the Roomba®
Edward Tenner
Every so often technology critics charge that despite the exponential grown of computer power, the postwar dreams of automated living have been stalled.

The Irrational Logic of our Bodies on the Landscape
Anna Farro Henderson
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag," I say in a slow-motion stage voice. Three hundred people at the town hall stand up and join in, "and to the Republic for which it stands. . ."

A Brief History of the Master of Execution Stenography
Daniel Hojnacki
"Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh" read the first line of Soghomon's work projected on the whiteboard of the classroom.

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