The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Virginia Quarterly Review is a magazine focusing on current and historical literary subjects. Since it was founded in 1925, it is produced quarterly. The magazine is published by the Virginia Quarterly Review.Subjects for The Virginia Quarterly Review include literature and literary reviews. The editor is Ted Genoways. Contributing editors are Molly Minturn and Kevin Morrissey

Articles from Vol. 84, No. 4, Fall

A Few Unforeseen Things
The suicide bombing of a chow hall in Iraq forever scarred the lives of the victims' families and friends. BY Elliott WoodsOn an otherwise typical, sun-parched afternoon at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Marez in Mosul, Iraq, four days before Christmas...
Ajal
The appointed time of death that Muslimsbelieve God has determined for every individual;it cannot be delayed or hastened.There are ninety-nine special names for God,my son, and not so long ago, I held you,newly born, under the light of a crescent moon,and...
America's Game, America's Obsession the National Football League-Then and Now
America's Game, America's Obsession The National Football League-Then and NowThe Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL, by Mark Bowden. Atlantic Monthly, May 2008. $23A Few seconds of Panic: A 5-Foot-8, 170-Pound, 43-Year-Old...
A Poem for the Last American Soldier to Die in Iraq
On the road to Marathon, Hwy. 90,just outside of Alpine, Texas,the gravestones stand chalk whiteunder the thunderheads of summer,the afternoon rain in a slow roll acrossthe earth's wide amphitheater, from Fort Davisto here, where I stand with a dumb...
Combat Multipliers
I first noticed it while depositing my weapon at the rear of the chapel at Abu Ghraib Prison. A six-by-ten-foot painting. Jesus stands center canvas, dressed in the characteristic ankle-length white robes of a Hebrew sage, his body and garments fading...
DAVID HOCKNEY: A Return to Painting
HE IS PAINTING AGAIN. AYE, IS HE PAINTING.With a zest and a passion and a confidence I haven't witnessed in the nearly two and a half decades that I've been dropping over to visit with him, David Hockney has returned to the wide empty canvas and the...
Half the Sky
HOW CHINA'S GENDER IMBALANCE THREATENS ITS FUTURE(ProQuest: ... denotes Greek characters omitted (or Cyrillic characters omitted.))The Roman State had now become so strong that it was a match for any of its neighbors in war, but its greatness threatened...
No Memory for Pain
John Cheever BeginsOn April 27, 1982, less than two months before his death from cancer, John Cheever appeared at Carnegie Hall to accept the National Medal for Literature. While his colleagues stood and cheered ("John had nothing but friends," said...
Notes from an Uncommon Reader
Notes from an Uncommon Reader How Fiction Works, by James Wood. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, July 2008. $24Books about the art and technique of fiction writing seem to fall into separate and distinct categories. Some are helpful, borderline inspiring,...
Representing Doris
At some point in her late sixties, no one remembered exactly when, Doris Moat began to water her driveway. You would see her on any given day around midmorning, a small, silver-haired woman standing in a sweater and slacks and house slippers, absently...
Sensing the Past: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History
Sensing the Past: Seeing, Hearing, Smelling, Tasting, and Touching in History, by Mark M. Smith. California, February 2008. $55 cloth, $19.95 paperAt once a review of the growing literature on the history of the senses and a statement concerning the...
Spring Ice Storm
The forecast had not predicted it,and its beginning, a calming, rumbled duskand pleasant lightning, she welcomed as harbingerof rain. Then as night came she heard the worldrelapse, slide backward into winter's insistenttick and hiss. In the morning,...
The Discotheque
Loaded down with prisoners after another night's raidwe pulled into the airbase in Mosul, the mengagged, zip-tied, blindfolded with engineer tape.Forsman ate a Snickers bar up in the hatchwhile everybody else slept shoulder to shoulder,First Platoon's...
The Iraq Show
MY MAIN DUTIES as the Production Assistant on The Iraq Show are to 1. translate the Daily Data into plain English and 2. get the coffee. I've only been on the job a few weeks so, for the most part, my job has been to 2. get the coffee. But today is different....
The LIFE & LONELY DEATH of NOAH PIERCE
Noah Pierce's headstone gives his date of death as July 26, 2007, though his family feels certain he died the night before, when, at age twentythree, he took a handgun and shot himself in the head. No one is sure what pushed him to it. He said in his...
The Lions in His Menagerie
"The lions in his menagerie ate parrots, and he fed his horses grapes." -of the emperor Elagabalus, A.D. 218-222And for his human guests, imperial excess strainingall credulity: say a nightingale embalmed in honeyand stuffed in a swan that was stuffed...
The Long RoaD of LoNesome RhoDes
Reconsidering A Face in the CrowdThey called the 19503 the Age of Anxiety. The Red Scare was well over by mid-decade, but the Republic was by no means secure. It was during the epochal year of 1956 that Elia Kazan and Budd Schulberg collaborated on a...
The Medical Venus
The so-called Mediceishce Venus is one of a collection of life-size anatomical wax models from the late eighteenth century. Designed and used for teaching, she was created and is still kept at Museo La Specola in Florence.1In the patient, quiet museum,...
VA Hospital Confessional
Each night is different. Each night the same.Sometimes I pull the trigger. Sometimes I don't.When I pull the trigger, he often just stands there,gesturing, as if saying Aren't you ashamed?When I don't, he douses himselfin gasoline, drowns himself in...
What Do We Know and When Do We Know It?
Hot day, an old guy is climbing into a tractor,bright orange, as yet ungouged by gravelor tree stump. He's testing levers and gearsand settling into a seat built only for himwhile we sit at the signal next to the tractor lot,next to an oil drum painted...
WHEN Janey COMES MARCHING HOME
The first time I heard a woman describe her time in Iraq in glowing terms, I was taken aback. Marine Colonel Jenny Holbert told me that being in charge of public affairs for the second battle of Fallujah was "probably one of the biggest events of my...