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Frontispiece Spring 2018

...In sending the raft past Cairo and deeper into the heart of slave territory, he must have understood that a story of symbolic freedom could not encompass the real problem a free black person presented even for a liberal political system...
Spring 2018, page 66

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: War and Forgetfulness
Editor's Note — Winter 2018
In the contemporary United States, as in most modern societies, collective memory is always under construction. The contributors to the project are academics, journalists, politicians, business executives, media professionals, and other public figures who have access to institutions with the power to disseminate ideas about the past. They create narratives that purport to explain how we became who we are. This requires selective remembering and systematic forgetting. Read more...

Jackson Lears: War and Forgetfulness
Editor's Note — Winter 2018

Selections from our Spring 2018 issue…

Little Red Car (fiction)
John Kinsella

They'd decided over a few dozen lines of speed, a few bongs, and a lot of beers that they'd go "outback" and frighten people. . .

Joan Didion and the American Dream
Joel Alden Schlosser
. . . Didion names these democratic delusions "the dreamwork," the mechanics of which is precise if variegated: to avoid confronting their history of violence, destructive inequalities, the desiccation of the democratic system, and a host of other very real social and political injustices, Americans construct fantasies of prosperity, international humanitarianism, and good governance. . .

Bonini's Paradox (poetry)
D. E. Steward
They took the brunt of it, from Labrador to Cuba and Barbados, and after each clash or enigmatic incident they had no idea of what was coming at them next . . .

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