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Volume 90, Number 3, Summer 2014

Table of Contents

Featured Contributors

pp. 7-9

Summer Reading

pp. 10-11

Amateur Hour

Paper Perfect: Robert Lang and the Science of Origami

pp. 12-19



pp. 20-23


The Half-Life of a Lake

pp. 24-25

The Giving Flood: Lake Tonle Sap, Cambodia’s “beating heart,” is threatened by the competing needs of a rapidly developing nation. Can a new kind of conservation save it?

pp. 26-51



pp. 74-86

A Brief History of Near and Actual Losses

pp. 175-181


Lost Causes: Confederate reenactors take pride in their Southern heritage, but struggle with the centrality of slavery and racism to the Confederacy

pp. 88-105

We a Baddd People

pp. 106-117

Losing Sparta: The Bitter Truth Behind the Gospel of Productivity

pp. 118-135


Anarcha: J. Marion Sims Opens My Body for the Thirty-First Time, and: 1973: My Mother Cleaves Herself in Two, and: Late That Summer, and: Theodore Bilbo Attends My Sickbed

pp. 52-55

Linux for Lettuce: Hacking the Seed Industry

pp. 56-69

Witness This, and: Return

pp. 70-73


p. 87

The Pillage, and: The Hotdog, and: The Girls

pp. 136-139

Elegy, and: Election Day

pp. 172-174



pp. 140-147

Leon’s Fire

pp. 148-157

Long Bright Line

pp. 158-171


All in Favor, Say “I”: How Memoirists Use Style to Shape Substance

pp. 182-186

Recent Books

Archive of an Unraveling Future: New Stories by Antonya Nelson

pp. 187-190

Female Friendship: Debut Novels by Rufi Thorpe and Emily Gould

pp. 191-194

Journey Through the Past: Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Endless Amble

pp. 195-198

Sigmund Freud, the Never-Ending Storyteller

pp. 199-204

Fine Distinctions

Solstice vs. Equinox

p. 205

Research Areas


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