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. 80, No. 3, Summer

A Private Experience
Chika Climbs in through the store window first and then holds the shutter as the woman climbs in after her. The store looks like it was deserted long before the riots started; the empty rows of wooden shelves are covered in yellow dust, as are the metal...
Art History after Modernism
Art History after Modernism, by Hans Belting. Translated by Caroline Saltzwedel with Kenneth Northcott. Chicago, November 2003. $65 cloth, $19.95 paperIn his earlier The End of Art History? (1983, published in English in 1987), Hans Belting proposed...
Brightwood: Poems
Brightwood: Poems, by R.T. Smith. LSU, December 2003. $22.95 cloth, $15.95 paperGrounded in place, rich in vernacular, the poems in Brightwood not only read like local news heard at, say, "Horton's Store" but look like the columns in a local gazette...
Bullies
"I am not smart, I am not pretty." This is what Kiyoshi Toyoda's sister had written before leaping from the top of their twelve-story apartment building some time before dawn, leaving her body to be discovered by an old man on his early morning walk....
Can Stories Matter?
This issue owes its origins to Michael Chabon-though I'm sure he doesn't know it. Chabon stirred controversy last year by confessing in his introduction to McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales that he had grown bored with "the contemporary,...
Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force
Choosing Your Battles: American Civil-Military Relations and the Use of Force, by Peter D. Feaver and Christopher Gelpi. Princeton, December 2003. $37.50Choosing Your Battles is the capstone of a years-long research program focusing on the nature of...
Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty
Colonial Virginia's Cooking Dynasty, by Katharine E. Harbury. South Carolina, February 2004. $59.95Katharine Harbury's scholarly study of cooking and eating in 18th-century Virginia examines life in the colony and traces the development of the roles,...
Contributor's Notes
I'm more than happy to write a word or two about my story. Given the pantheon of great writers before me who have added their own contributors' notes, I have to admit that I feel out of my league. I'm a newcomer, a nobody, and whatever I have to say...
Death Defier
Graves had been Sick for three days when, on the long, straight highway between Mazar and Kunduz, a dark blue truck coming toward them shed its rear wheel in a spray of orange-yellow sparks. The wheel, as though excited by its sudden liberty, bounced...
Drive
In my dream, we are driving so fast the car sprouts wings-giant, bony, feather-covered wings-and we are flying like gulls, steady, just above the surface of the glossy pavement. Everyone is laughing bubbles and confetti and the wind laces its fingers...
Fleeing for Freedom: Stories from the Underground Railroad
Fleeing for Freedom: Stories from the Underground Railroad, edited by George and Willene Hendrick. Ivan R. Dee, February 2004. $24.95 cloth, $14.95 paperIn this introduction to the Underground Railroad, the Hendricks have extracted stories and commentary...
Happy
When he was twenty-nine years old, Charlie Pappas left Vermont and moved back to Detroit after suffering from what-in a more innocent, big-band-playing, hat-wearing era-would have been called a crack-up.The many factors leading to the crack-up included...
It Couldn't Be More Beautiful
It IS Thanksgiving, the great day of dinner, of Dockers and dress shirts and marshmallow-sweetened squash. This year we are forgoing our standard slow graze on the home front to spend the day with my sister and her boyfriend's family, meeting them for...
John Vachon's America: Photographs and Letters from the Depression to World War II
ART John Vachon's America: Photographs and Letters from the Depression to World War II, by John Vachon. Edited by Miles Orvell. California, December 2003. $49.95In the 19305, to accurately document the condition of farm life in America, the Farm security...
Letters: 1925-1975
PHILOSOPHY & RELIGIOUS STUDIES Letters: 1925-1975, by Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. Translated by Andrew Shields. Edited by Ursula Ludz. Harcourt, February 2004. $28The publication of this correspondence in English, six years after its publication...
Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Culture in the Age of Revolution
Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Culture in the Age of Revolution, by Paul A. Gilje. Pennsylvania, December 2003. $29.95Paul Gilje has assembled a fine crew. Piecing together disparate bits from an impressive number of marine collections,...
Lima, Peru, July 28, 1979
This story has three characters.Three important ones, that is; three worth mentioning. Others may pop in here and there, but they don't mean anything. There is the police officer, pointing his gun at me. Manolo Carrion, or so he told me from the barrel...
My Uncle Ezekiel
My Uncle Ezekiel's body was discovered in a ditch early on Christmas morning, three years ago. Beside him was an empty bottle of cheap whisky; I still remember the red and green label on it, with the inscription: Christian Brothers. Because of the empty...
On the River with Lewis and Clark
On the River with Lewis and Clark, by Verne Huser. Texas A&M, April 2004. $40 cloth, $17.95 paperOn the River wilh Lewis and Clark arrives as welcome new insight in the flood of publishing that is cresting during the bicentennial celebration of the...
Oppenheimer: Portrait of an Enigma
Oppenheimer: Portrait of an Enigma, by Jeremy Bernstein. Ivan R. Dee, April 2004. $25Living inside J. Robert Oppenheimer's skin cannot have been easy, and telling the complex story of Oppenheimer's life in an objective yet sympathetic manner has required...
Pinch Me; or, How Stephen King Changed My Life
Last year, two days after Christmas and around three that afternoon, I passed out in the foyer of my home in Montclair, New Jersey. I hadn't even had a drink, and I considered that fact, lying there on the hardwood floor, staring up, coming back to myself....
Release
NO SOOner had the taxi lurched into the traffic than Rowen's father leaned forward in the scat. "Oh, no, we don't." he put his hand on the driver's shoulder and said something in Vietnamese. Before the driver had fully registered understanding, Rowen's...
September Swoon: Richie Allen, the '64 Phillies, and Racial Integration
September Swoon: Rlchie Allen, the '64 Phillies, and Racial Integration, by William C. Kashatus. Penn State, March 2004. $29.95This is a marvelous little book about a sliver of time in baseball's history. But like the best baseball scholarship of the...
The Bottom of Things
Ray and HIS secOnd Wife drove into Bakerton on a clear winter morning, in a Ford they'd rented at the Pittsburgh airport. They'd been off the highway for two hours, traveling a road that snaked through mountains, alongside streams and frozen fields....
The Fate of Family Farming
GENERAL NONFICTION The Fate of Family Farming, by Ronald Jager. New England, April 2004. $z6What do you get when a former Yale philosophy professor with a boyhood on a Michigan family farm, described in an earlier book entitled Eighty Acres: An Elegy...
The Land of Journey's Ending
The Land of Journey's Ending, by Mary Austin. Illinois, January 2004. $24.95In recent years Mary Austin's life (1868-1934) and her writings about the American Southwest have been fertile grounds for rediscovery-especially by university presses (notably...
The Misunderstandings
The misunderstandings Started on a Wednesday, a not-sounusual, early-February Wednesday when I was supposed to make dinner, but time had gotten away from me, somehow, again, even though I had so much of it-even so, it was already six o'clock and I hadn't...
The New Corporal
It's dusk, the Sky Still light, but the sand at their feet in shadow. It slides away as they descend the dune, and ahead of him Rarsten sees Wolf stumble, struggling to keep his balance with his hands up.They'd been squatting in the lee of the sea wall,...
The Papers of Jefferson Davis, Volume 11: September 1864-May 1865
The Papers of Jefferson Daws, Volume 11: September i864-May 1865, edited by Lynda Lasswell Crist. LSU, January 2004. $85Volume 11 completes the wartime epoch of the Davis Papers and maintains the superb editorial standards of preceding volumes. The unremitting...
The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects
The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects, by Charles Altieri. Cornell, January 2004. $49.95 cloth, $22.50 paperThis book is so ambitious and intriguing that carping at occasional tautologies and unwarranted assumptions seems petty. Charles...
The Problem of Human Consumption
Paul, in this case, is a widower. His wife died thirteen years ago. He kept their daughter away as much as he could. There were relatives around to play with her, to shower her with gifts and praise. His wife grew pale in the study. Her hair fell out....
The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory
The Rebellious Slave: Nat Turner in American Memory, by Scot French. Houghton Mifflin, February 2004. $26In 1950, Merrill Pcterson tapped into a rich vein of historical gold. His pathbreaking The Jefferson Image in the American Mind took as its subject...
The Room Where I Was Born
The Room Where I Was Born, by Brian Teare. Wisconsin, November 2003. $14.95A book that takes its organizing principle from the layout ot a childhood home has its work cut out for it: one expects the standard nickel tour through a series of half-poignant...
You Were My Favorite Scarecrow
Calista Wertheim WaS, in her time-as most people are, in their times, I suppose-lovely. She had a propensity toward all things batik and slashed her way through life with that mane of frizzled yellow whipping behind her. Carry loved her, and I assume...