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. 2, Spring

An Alliance at Risk: The United States and Europe since September 11
An Alliance at Risk: The United States and Europe since September 11, by Laurent Cohen-Tanugi. Johns Hopkins, September 2003. $19.95A timely and remarkably wise prescriptive analysis of U.S.-European relations in the wake of 9/11. Cohen-Tanugi's book...
An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland
An Open Book: Coming of Age in the Heartland, by Michael Dirda. Norton, October 2003. $24.95Michael Dirda, senior editor of the Washington Post Book World, knew early in life that "books and I were drawn together." But his father, a steelworker in Lorain,...
An Untold Tale of Kavalier & Clay: Breakfast in the Wreck
Authors Note: Very alert readers of Kavalier & clay might be able to trace the ghost of a series of allusions to some kind of extra-scholastic relationship going on between Sam clay and his son's fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Landauer, one-the last-of...
A Steamer Trunk
She asked me to go with her to pick out a trunk for her journey. It seemed to me like a strange request as, though neither of us had said it, we both knew that her leaving was the way we were breaking up. Even stranger was that I agreed to help her.But...
Boomlay, Boomlay, Boomlay, BLOOM
Boomlay, Boomlay, Boomlay, BLOOM The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer through Frost. Ed. Harold Bloom. HarperCollins, March 2004. $34.95The poems I have chosen to memorize over the years answer to an odd mixture of social occasions and...
Capturing Saddam
Iraq, December 2003The spartan interior of a U.S. Air Force C-130 has uncomfortable web seating. Our gear is strapped to a pallet in the aft section, where clamshell doors yawn open until we accelerate down the runway. This airplane is all business-bare...
Child, Dead, in the Rose Garden
Special Agent B. W. Molloy, now retired, tells the following story: One morning the body of a child was found in the Rose Garden. The sun had just risen. A concert had been given the night before in celebration of the National Arts and Humanities Awards,...
Credentialing vs. Educating
In addition to their other major expenses, some North American nuclear families bear the cost of a four-year college or university degree for the family's child or children. The cost has become as necessary as the cost of a car, and for a similar reason:...
Curfew
Afghanistan, 2002January 16,7:00 PM, KabulCursing, I slam down the receiver and run out of the house, shout for Bro. He stands by his car still parked on the street. Arms folded, he turns to me, a stocky young man with black hair and a heavy mustache....
Hating America, at Home and Abroad
Hating America, at Home and Abroad Being America: Liberty, Commerce, and Violence in an American World. By Jedediah Purdy. Knopf, February 2004. $14 (paper)Five Shades of Shadow. By Tracy Daugherty. Nebraska, March 2003. $27.95The idea of America is...
Inside Saddam's Spider Hole
Two pairs of shoes still in their boxes: a pair of clean new Hongmahwang loafers and a pair of gilded, tacky Italian slippers. The footwear of a madman caught last December hiding in a rat-filled hole almost within sight of one of his many palaces. More...
Lessons of the Masters
Lessons of the Masters, by George Steiner. Harvard, November 2003. $19.95You know that guy at cocktail parties who just starts talking and never stops, the one who quotes philosopher after writer after philosopher, all to no point at all but to impress...
Lone Star Literature
Lone Star Literature, edited by Don Graham. Norton, November 2003. $29.95Cracking the cover on a new anthology is like heading out to shop in an upscale store; we anticipate that all the goods presented will be of high quality but expect to be allured...
New Perspectives on Japanese Prints
"The Moon Has No Home":Japanese Color Woodblock Prints from the Collection of the University of Virginia Art MuseumVisitors fortunate enough to have seen "The Moon Has No Home" were introduced to a striking new perspective on an art form that has enthralled...
Or Fail to Smile: Three Recent Books by William Kloefkorn
Or Fail to Smile: Three Recent Books by William Kloefkorn Restoring the Burnt Child: A Primer. Nebraska, September 2003. $22This Death by Drowning. Nebraska, September 1997. $15Sergeant Patrick Gass, Chief Carpenter: On the Trail with Lewis and dark....
Remaking a Norton Anthology
Sharing a suffix with such academically serious words such as philology, anthropology, and oncology, the word anthology sounds respectable enough. But anthos, I belatedly discovered, is Greek for flower, and iogia means collecting. So that's it?-devoting...
Rubben Stamps
When I was about nine I had a John Bull printing set consisting of minute back-to-front rubber letters that had to be slotted into a wooden groove with a pair of tiny tweezers. I think I printed my name twice!Twenty years later I received a rubber stamp...
Some Thoughts on Sylvia Plath
O vase of acid,It is love you are full of...Walking into class at Boston University one February in 1959,1 sat down next to a young woman who, like myself, had gotten there early. The chairs were in disarray around the seminar table, and the windows...
Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar
HISTORY Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar, by Simon Sebag Montefiore. Knopf, April 2004. $30This is a most implausible and frustrating piece of work. The author evidently set out to write simultaneously an ambitious academic monograph and a sensationalistic...
Terminator: The Legacy of Ted Hughes
Terminator: The Legacy of Ted Hughes Her Husband: Hughes and Plath-A Marriage. By Diane Middlebrook. Viking, October 2003. $25.95Collected Poems. By Ted Hughes. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, November 2003. $50The lunatic, the lover and the poet,Are of imagination...
The Beast in the Garden
The Beast in the Garden, by David Baron. Norton, November 2003. $24.95On a mild winter day in iggi in Idaho Springs, Colorado, a mountain lion of moderate size made a quick kill of an eighteen-year-old athlete and dragged him away for dinner. There had...
The Immortals
In Chicago, while taking the El from Wrigley Field to Evanston, Rudy O'Hara was certain he recognized the woman sitting across the train's aisle, but he couldn't place her. he wanted to lean forward and say, We know each other, don't we? but years ago...
The Rented Violin
POETRY The Rented Violin, by Karen Whalley. Ausable Press, November 2003. $14"Beauty is a form of suffering," declares this book's opening poem, a volley across the bow of a poetic landscape where "nothing ever ends / And nothing ever lasts." Whalley's...
Torn
There was the knife and the broken syringethen the needle in my hand, the Tru-Cutfollowed by the night-blue suture.The wall behind registration listed a manwith his face open. Through the glass doors,I saw the sky going blue to black as it had24 hours...
Twelve Views of My Father
1Grown so young she has a name, my father'sgrandmother, Cleavy Rowe, settles intothe portrait's ancient rocking chair,having never told a living soulabout her boy who died asshe, for the first time,holds him.2Look, seal-slick and laughing,all lashes,...
Untitled in Four Parts
i.Dawn boils up like milk, cloudy with disrespect.Like Tin Pan Alley hacks, paid for each line,neighborhood wrens bang out their high-pitched notes.The narrow windows offer nothing, the glassbrushed with dark leaf-shapes, like a Japanese scroll.A smudge...
URGENT 2ND CLASS: Creating Faux Mail, Dubious Documents, and Other Art from Ephemera
"Yet for better or for worse we love things that bear the marks of grime, soot, and weather, and we love the colors and the sheen that call to mind the past that made them."Jun'icheroTanizaki, In Praise of Shadows, 1977Imagine a young woman sitting in...
War against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race
War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race, by Edwin Black. Four Walls Eight Windows, September 2003. $27There are a lot of ugly stories in the creation of America. The eugenics campaign has got to rank among the ugliest....
Wonderful Life
Debating Evolution in the Age of DNAFrancis Crick winged into the Eagle, a pub popular with researchers at Cambridge University's nearby Cavendish Laboratory, boasting to one and all, "We have found the secret of life." It was early in 1953, and the...
Woody Allen: A Life in Film
Woody Alten: A Life in Film, by Richard Schicket. Ivan R. Dee, September 2003. $22.50In 2002 Woody Alien sat for an unprecedented four-hour interview on camera with Time film critic Richard Schickel. The interview became the basis for a highly acclaimed...