Issue 1 – Autumn 2020

ISBN 9781735718705
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Table of Contents

  • Michael Ignatieff

    Liberalism in the Anthropocene
  • Laura Kipnis

    Transgression, An Elegy
  • David Grossman

    The Human Infinity: Literature and Peace
  • Ramachandra Guha

    The Indian Tragedy
  • Thomas Chatterton Williams

    The Peripheralist
  • Hannah Sullivan

    “From 2020”
  • Mark Lilla

    On Indifference
  • Helen Vendler

    Excited Quotes
  • Sean Wilentz

    Breaking Every Yoke
  • Celeste Marcus

    The Sludge
  • Adam Zagajewski

    Mahler’s Heaven and Mahler’s Earth
  • Louise Glück

    “Night Thoughts”
    “A Memory”
  • Jim Wolcott

    Futilitarianism, or To the York Street Station
  • Andrea Marcolongo

    Ancient Family Lexicon, or Words and Loneliness
  • Eli Lake

    America in the World: Sheltering in Place
  • Sally Satel

    Dark Genies, Dark Horizons: The Riddle of Addiction
  • Moshe Halbertal

    A Democratic Jewish State: How and Why
  • Joshua Bennett

    “Owed to the Tardigrade”
  • David Thomson

    The Wonder of Terrence Malick
  • Julius Margolin

    The Doctrine of Hate
  • Clara Collier

  • Shawn McCreesh

    The Hatboro Blues
  • Leon Wieseltier



  • Michael Ignatieff is the president of Central European University.
  • Laura Kipnis is a professor in the department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University and is the author most recently of Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.
  • David Grossman’s most recent novel is A Horse Walks into a Bar.
  • Ramachandra Guha is the author of Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World.
  • Thomas Chatterton Williams is the author most recently of Self Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race.
  • Hannah Sullivan is the author of Three Poems and The Work of Revision.
  • Mark Lilla is Professor of Humanities at Columbia University and the author of The Once and Future Liberal.
  • Helen Vendler is the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor Emerita at Harvard University, and the author of Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and Lyric Form.
  • Sean Wilentz is the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University and the author most recently of No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding.
  • Celeste Marcus is the managing editor of Liberties.
  • Adam Zagajewski’s most recent book of poems is Asymmetry.
  • Louise Glück is the author, among other books, of Faithful and Virtuous Night and Poems 1962-2012.
  • Jim Wolcott is the author of Critical Mass: Four Decades of Essays, Reviews, Hand Grenades and Hurrahs.
  • Andrea Marcolongo is the author of The Ingenious Language: Nine Epic Reasons to Love Greek.
  • Eli Lake writes a column for Bloomberg View.
  • Sally Satel is a visiting professor of psychiatry at Columbia University’s Irving Medical Center and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
  • Moshe Halbertal’s new book Nahmanides: Law & Mysticism will be published this fall.
  • Joshua Bennett teaches English at Dartmouth University. He is the author of Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man and The Sobbing School.
  • David Thomson is the author most recently of Murder and the Movies. His new books A Light in the Dark: A History of Movie Directors and Disaster Mon Amour will be published next year.
  • Julius Margolin was the author of Journey to the Land of the Zeks and Back: A Memoir of the Gulag, translated by Stefani Hoffman, which will be published by Oxford University Press this fall.
  • Clara Collier is a writer living in California.
  • Shawn McCreesh is a writer living in Washington, DC. The names in his essay have been changed out of respect for the privacy of its subjects.