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May/June 2014

In This Issue
May/June 2014

Walter Isaacson and Walker Percy

A Venn Diagram of Walter Isaacson

His research overlaps with reporting, his leadership with collaboration, his writing with old-fashioned storytelling.

Volume 35, Issue 3

The 43rd Jefferson Lecturer, Walter Isaacson.

—James Kegley

  • Features

    Man on bicycle being interviewed by Walter Isaacson

    Picture of a Humanist

    There is something of Walter Isaacson in the people he writes about.

    By Evan Thomas
    Nighttime "stroll" painting by Archibald Motley, "Black Belt"

    Block Party

    Archibald Motley painted African Americans having a good time

    By Steve Moyer
    This woodblock print by Yoshu Shuen depicts a reception given by the Meiji Emper

    The Odyssey of Ulysses S. Grant

    After winning the Civil War and living in the White House, he decided to see the world.

    By Meredith Hindley
    Albert Einstein in 1920s

    The Face of Science

    How Albert Einstein became a celebrity

    By Sam Kean
    Robert Frost as a young man

    Verse and Adverse

    The letters of Robert Frost invite us to reconsider the man behind the poetry.

    By Danny Heitman
  • Departments


    The Art of Collecting

    An eclectic art show tours to remote spots in Nevada.

    By Forrest Hartman

    Happy and the Go-Hawks

    Emilie Blackmore Stapp raised millions through her philanthropic club.

    By Paige Gray


    Squeaky Clean

    Wedgwood ceramics served a dual purpose

    By Steve Moyer

    Capitol Hill Pad

    Molly Brown's digs in Denver were unsinkable, too.

    By Steve Moyer

    Rising Interest in Bread

    Modern views, demographic changes leavened Jordanian cultural traditions surrounding the staff of life.

    By Steve Moyer

    Impertinent Questions

    Impertinent Questions with Paula A. Michaels

    On the Soviet experiment that became Lamaze.   

    By Meredith Hindley

    Executive Function

    Arizona's Brenda Thomson

    Brenda Thomson works to bring everyone into the conversation.

    By Todd Miller


    Editor's Note

    This issue includes a conversation with the Jefferson Lecturer, and articles on Einstein, Grant, Frost, and painter Archibald Motley.

    By David Skinner