Frontispiece, ''Chapel, J. N. Adam Memorial Hostpial, Perrysburg, New York, Digital photograph, October 2017, by Dylan Foglesong

Dylan Foglesong
Chapel, J. N. Adam Memorial Hospital
Perrysburg, New York
Digital photograph, October 2017

...Time for a dog, thought Ms. Supa, clambering astride her carmine-colored Kawasaki 150cc...
Winter 2023, page 27

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: One Hundred Seconds
Editor's Note — Summer 2020
At what feels like an apocalyptic moment, the nation that has always claimed to play a uniquely redemptive role in world history has suddenly been recast in a different mold. In the richest country on earth, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have turned out to be peculiarly catastrophic. Read more...


Please note: Our submissions period will be closed from June 1 until September 1, to allow us time to review a backlog of submissions.

Jackson Lears: One Hundred Seconds
Editor's Note — Summer 2020


Current Exhibit: 꽃 (flower)

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Selections from our Winter 2023 issue…

Hope Till Hope Creates
Karl Kirchwey
The uncle for whom I am named, my father's younger brother by two years, was a Navy fighter pilot flying off the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in World War II.

Ms. Supa's Age (fiction)
Samuel Klonimos

Ms. Supa's exasperation over the buffalo filled half of the house, that is, one room of two. It was a quantity. It was a quality. It grew wings and a stinging tail, like a wasp.

Jodie Noel Vinson
Surrendering my last drink ticket across the bar, I eyed two handlers introducing a hawk and a baby sea otter to conference attendees.

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