382LaBierPeter LaBier
A Patch of Blue
Oil on canvas
(90 x 72 inches), 2017
Copyright held by the artist
Frontispiece Fall 2018

...simply another homage to our lives as fools of time...
Fall 2018, page 30

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 2018 issue…

My Roth
George Shulman

The death of Philip Roth moves me. I suspect many other Jewish men (or male intellectuals?) of a certain age are also feeling moved by their memories of feeling moved by Roth's work. . .

The Ezra Pound Look-Alike (poetry)
Frederick Seidel
It's always the same man
Who looks like Ezra Pound
Stretched out of the sidewalk
In front of Victoria's Secret. . .

The Cool Chick in Recovery: Understanding Brené Brown
Trysh Travis
In the summer of 2016, I began toying with the idea of a little article about vulnerability guru Brené Brown. I also had a brief and somewhat torrid fling. . .

Can Drugs Enlighten?
Mark Edmundson
Can drugs enlighten? Can drugs teach us anything that is worth knowing? In the current climate, these are questions rarely asked. . .

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