Peter LaBier
Red Ball Express
Oil on canvas
(48 x 36 inches), 2017
Copyright held by the artist
Frontispiece Spring 2019

...A plump grandmother dressed head to foot in blue, lifted big black spectacles off her nose and dabbed away at tears of laughter...
Spring 2019, page 103

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 Spring 2019 issue…

Hilma af Klint at the Guggenheim
Sanford Schwartz

The exhibition of the almost unknown Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944) at the Guggenheim Museum begins with one of the biggest bangs to hit the New York art world. . .

Two Poems
Ishion Hutchinson
Who mattered was what mattered. What mattered
more than the irrecoverable loss
was the gain. . .

The Fortunate Puppies of the Isthmus of Kra (fiction)
Samuel Klonimos
Age eighty-one, Michael Brutus Murphy discovered possibilities; possibility for tolerance, card games, introspection. . .

Prepper (poetry)
Jana Prikryl
Fine, cruise ships fail to dock
on the Upper West Side, a special sort of hell
takes shape on eighteen decks
when supplies run out. . .

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