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. 83, No. 3, Summer

A Brief History of His Time
An Essay by Burke ButlerWhen my father was sixteen, he drove off a cliff. He took three classmates with him: his best friend, who was a fellow member of the football team, and two girls. Two of his passengers died. My father, in the driver's seat, survived...
A Final Antidote: The Journals of Louise Bogan
In 1930, at the age of thirty-two, and in response to an increasing depression that would eventually result in hospitalizations in 1931 and 1933, Louise Bogan, who had long been in the habit of keeping a journal, began using it for a new purpose. Describing...
Avocations: On Poets and Poetry
Avocations: On Poets and Poetry, by Sam Hamill. Red Hen, February 2007. $19.95 paperThis collection of essays, gathered from the best of Hamill's prose on poetry over the past eighteen years, is written with a kind of Buddhist urgency: that is to say,...
Back to the Future
Back to the Future WILLIAM LOCAN Against the Day, by Thomas Pynchon. Penguin, November 2006. $35Thomas Pynchon's sprawling, untidy new novel, Against the Day, is only as frustrating as most of his fiction. It starts in the air, high-minded as a kite,...
Dirt for Art's Sake: Books on Trial from Madam Bovary to Lolita
Dirt for Art's Sake: Books on Trial from Madam Bovary to Lolita, by Elisabeth Ladenson. Cornell, November 2006. $29.95Realism causes a surprising amount of difficulty for would-be censors attempting to protect the morals of an innocent public. They fear...
Dunn & Sons
This is the story my father never tells.It is August 1973. My father, Theobald Dunn, is twenty-four. For the past three years he has been stationed at a US Army base in Alaska, listening for the first stirrings of a Soviet missile launch. Before that,...
Elevator
Lower floor. And it's all aboutstanding there at a bus stop with maybemy fidgety brother, or alone, yearsbefore, years of no car, when livingin a city meant patience, repeatedlylooking up the street. Without metaphor now,I'm here, on the linoleumof the...
From Pittsburgh to Sitka
From Pittsburgh to Sitka ELEANOR HENDERSON The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon. HarperCollins, May 2007. $26.95"You haven't read any Michael Chabon?" said some guy in some bar in New York, in the twilighty summerland before 9/11. I'd landed...
GROWING INTO THE PSALMS: The Poetry of Jirí Orten
I have been born on this earth for nothing else except to bear witness, tied down by my weight, my heaviness, and my lightness.Jirí Orten is one of the key Czech poets of the twentieth century. He belongs with his brilliant predecessors, Frantisek Halas,...
Homecoming: Fourth of July
Gas-fumes, starlight, my car on Empty, all the stationsclosed. The talk on the radio's of UFOs, nonbodilyabductions, the consciousness extracted and replaced.Who could believe such things, even when they're halflost, stranded, parked outside a darkened...
I See Johnny
(BomperBoom-Chicago, 1954-1978)It's December 1967: the summer of love is over.Miss Betsy saw footage of it on the evening news-long-haired California boys and girls, naked or nearly naked, smoking grass and wearing pounds of beads. But the summer of...
Martial: The World of the Epigram
Martial: The World of the Epigram, by William Fitzgerald. Chicago, March 2007. $35How can one discover a world within a series of self-contained short poems? In answering this question, classicist William Fitzgerald draws the reader's attention to the...
ONE MORE MARTYR iN A DiRTY WAR
The Life and Death of Brad WillEvery advance that the Latin American peoples have made in the way of civilization, every improvement in their social organization, education of the masses, distribution of wealth or political reform, has been at the cost...
Shakespeare the Thinker
Shakespeare the Thinker, by A. D. Nuttall. Yale, April 2007. $30This is a brilliant, deeply learned, deeply human reading of the major plays of Shakespeare. Nuttall, a professor of English at Oxford University, draws extensively from English history...
Shoot the Messenger
Dana Goodyear, David Orr, and the Stewards of PoetryWhen Dana Goodyear's New Yorker piece on Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation appeared in March, many poets and readers felt a profound sense of gratitude to her. It came as a tremendous relief...
Shylock Is Shakespeare
Shylock Is Shakespeare, by Kenneth Cross. Chicago, December 2006. $22.50There's no need to guess where fancy's bred in Shylock h Shakespeare. It is with Gross's whole heart devoted to this maltreated protagonist (and some decades' worth of fine scholarship...
Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After
Singled Out: How Singles are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After, by Bella DePaulo. St. Martin's, November 2006. $24.95Bella DePaulo seems to be happy as a single woman, and, in fact, she argues that single people...
The Chilean Girls
That was a fabulous summer. Peréz Prado and his twelve-professor orchestra came to liven up the Carnival dances at the Club Terrazas of Miraflores and the Lawn Tennis of Lima; a national mambo championship was organized in Plaza de Acho, which was a...
The Dreadful Details
The Problem of Depicting WarOn September 18, 1862, Alexander Gardner and his assistant James F. Gibson arrived on the field at Antietam-just one day after the terrible battle that remains the deadliest single day in American history. Gardner, by then,...
The Music of Failure
The Music of Failure JENNIFER CHANG Halflife by Meghan O'Rourke. Norton, April 2007. $23.95One of the finest poems in Meghan O'Rourke's ambitious first collection Halflife is, oddly enough, about failure. "Anatomy of Failure" charts a series of shifting...
The Notebooks of Robert Frost
The Notebooks of Robert Frost, edited by Robert Faggen. Harvard, January 2007. $39.95Perhaps the most delightful aspect of Robert Frost's notebooks is their inscrutability. Transcribed and published for the first time, Frost's jottings posed a wide variety...
The Rain That Falls Here
1The rain that falls here is lost,Having meant surely to fall somewhere else,Somewhere that's already green.Like always, like last season,Like next season-someplace rich with green.Water knows what to doAnd wants a comfortable lifeLike anyone.This time,...
This Clumsy Living
This Clumsy Living, by Bob Hicok. Pittsburgh, February 2007. $14 paperThere is nothing small about Hicok's subjects, his "simultaneous cravings for order and disorder" creating a broadly inclusive and even surreal present moment. It's a distinctive,...
To Hold in a Single Thought Reality and Justice
Yeats, Pound, Auden, and the Modernist IdealOn the night of October 24,1917, William Butler Yeats was just four days into an already inauspicious honeymoon. At fifty-two, he had married a twenty-fiveyear-old named Georgie Hyde-Lees, but only after proposing...
Zanzibar
Sheela Parekh had learned three inviolable rules about married life from her mother: (i) you must tolerate your mother-in-law; (2) you must protect yourself from a man's desires; and (3) you must have a good cook. She considered herself moderately successful...