Magazine August 10, 2015, Issue

Literature, Patriarchy, and Plath

Perhaps the best-known literary feminist cri de coeur is Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own (1929), which lamented women’s dependent state and projected that female writers, granted education, personal space, and independent income, would give the men a run for their money. In thousands of fem-lit and women’s-studies classes, Woolf’s hindsight dramatization of what would have happened to Shakespeare’s equally talented sister has overshadowed the essay’s utter failure as prophecy.

Jane Austen, who died in 1817, would likely poll as the greatest woman writer. In A Room, Woolf cites Austen’s self-effacing secretiveness while writing, though in the parlor amid callers

Sarah Ruden’s most recent books are the extensively revised second edition of her Aeneid translation and her new translation of the Gospels.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Tehran Triumphant

With the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by Iran, the United States, Russia, China, and three European countries (France, the U.K., and Germany), the action shifts ...
Politics & Policy

‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’

In the recent debate over whether to bail out Greece, Wolfgang Schäuble, Germany’s conservative finance minister, and Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s radical-Left prime minister, were at opposite ends of the spectrum. ...
Politics & Policy

After the Wedding Day

Republican politicians’ reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage went a long way toward explaining why their side lost. Their press releases were generally defensive, palpably eager to ...
Politics & Policy

The Cool Vote

From the rainbow flag to the Confederate battle flag, one basic lesson reinforced this summer is that some political positions are cool and others are not. Something similar goes for ...
Politics & Policy

The Politic Fool

‘That, of course, is the great secret of the successful fool,” wrote Isaac Asimov in his Guide to Shakespeare: “that he is no fool at all.” The days of Shakespeare ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Carly Campaigns

Manchester, N.H. — According to the longstanding cliché, presidential candidates campaign in “the snows of New Hampshire.” But they also campaign the summer before, and even the spring before. Carly ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Is Sex Necessary?

Of all the possible career moves for a rising movie star, or the possible critical-commercial sweet spots for a filmmaker, I’m not sure that “male-stripper movie” would have occurred to ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letters

Secession: Treason or Divorce? Professor Allen Guelzo’s assertion in “Take It Down” (National Review, July 20, 2015) that secession was treason overlooks the fact that there was no settled law about ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Knock knock. Who’s there? Ayatollah. Ayatollah who? Ayatollah you I’m not gonna abide by any nuclear agreement. ‐ The vacuum pump was invented in 1656. Donald Trump, born in 1946, ...
Athwart

The Iran Nuclear Deal: Excerpts

The announcement of the Iran deal made many people wonder whether it’s just too dense and technical to be understood. Not at all! Here are some highlights, including some behind-the-scenes ...
The Long View

Recovered E-mails

https://wikileaks.org/clintonemailserver/recoveredemails/index FROM: bubbalicious@otherclintonemailserver.biz TO: ultimatemagnificence@thetrumporganization.com BCC: sidblume@sbloompartnersllc.ae RE: e-mail address and security Hey Donald: Thanks for using this e-mail address for all of our further communication. I don’t need to tell someone of your amazing ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

ALLINGER’S Six blocks from City Hall the old Fire-Chief’s Headquarters has granite gargoyles smiling Over the garage doors, perhaps the last They ever carved in Philadelphia. They wear stone fire-fighters’ hats and one blows Foam from ...
Happy Warrior

Trump the Temp

‘I like people that weren’t captured.” That’s what Donald Trump had to say about John McCain in the course of telling Iowans that he didn’t consider the Arizona senator — ...

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