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Editor's Notes

Editor's Note, September/October 2010

The great fear of those in the business of promoting the humanities is that people will realize we have nothing new to say.

Editor's Note, July/August 2010

The natural and the supernatural, the mental and the moral, verse and adversity all make an appearance in this issue of HUMANITIES.

Editor's Note, May/June 2010

I become uneasy whenever someone mentions the “lessons of history.” Not that history doesn’t offer lessons, it’s just that many of the lessons, I find, are hardly the kind of rules for living that can

Editor's Note, March/April 2010

A few weeks ago, zipping through some recent American writings on Buddhism, I came across an article by a Buddhist named Damaris Williams. It was about a meditation marathon she’d taken part in.

Editor's Note, January/February 2010

During a recession, everyone reaches for their green eyeshade. Unless it’s cheap, we don’t buy it. If it’s not certain to pay off, we don’t invest.

Editor's Note, November/December 2009

“Bridging cultures” is the watchword here at NEH since the appointment of Jim Leach to the chairman’s office.

Editor's Note, September/October 2009

“Only connect,” E. M. Forster wrote. But if you are a humanist looking to transmit a message from the far corners of research to a truly public audience, doing so can seem impossible.

Editor's Note, July/August 2009

I have become a regular purchaser of old books, and as I pull these worn-out tomes from my mailbox I wonder if anyone else is still reading these particular works.

Editor's Note, March/April 2009

“You know what work is—if you're / old enough to read this you know what / work is,” wrote Philip Levine, in a poem about lining up with other men, outside, looking for work.

Editor's Note, January/February 2009

In the 1995 Hollywood movie Copycat, the killer tells Sigourney Weaver’s character, “Did you know, Helen, that there are more books written about Jack the Ripper than Abraham Lincoln?” Hardly