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. 87, No. 2, Spring

All That Blue Fire
I'm from Virginia. Gasburg, Virginia.And I heard that the plants were hiring,so what I did, I came up herefor a New Year's Party.And after I went to the New Year's Party,I didn't ever go back.I went to the Ford Motor Companybecause they were hiring....
Borderama
Inside me is a playground, is a factory.Inside me is a cipher of decay.I am sometimes a vehicle for absorbing wealth.I feel daily like I have to defend myself.Inside me is inbred chaos.Inside me is America's greatest manufacturing experience.Inside me...
Breathing In
THAT FUNK.No one had to explain to Tim Wymore or LeRoy Torres or any of the other troops and contractors why they couldn't breathe.The burn pit on Balad Airbase in Iraq had a life of its own. Black smoke and orange flames shot heavenward twenty-four...
City of Dust, City of Stones
WE KNEW WE HAD TO LEAVE EARLY in the morning. If there were going to be more disturbances and roadblocks, they would not start until just after dawn. We left the Le Plaza Hotel in the middle of downtown Portau-Prince, a stone's throw from the crumbled...
Coolie Women Are in Demand Here
OUR JOURNEY TOOK US PAST ENDLESS FIELDS of flowering yellow along the northern banks of the Ganges. When we pulled into towns, we asked for directions, from children balancing loads three times their size on their heads, from crouching women tending...
Garbage City
For Cairo's Coptic Christians, the future may rise from what others discard.PERCHED ATOP THE MOQATTAM CLIFFS, where Pharaonic slaves cut limestone for the pyramids, the Monastery of Saint Simon and its accompanying cathedral boast a commanding view of...
Her Silence, Her Voice
Her Silence, Her VoiceEven Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle by Ingrid Betancourt, Penguin Press, 2010I. On How She Was SilencedWhen Ingrid Betancourt was taken hostage on February 23, 2002, by the Revolutionary Armed...
India's Vanishing Vultures
Can the world's fastest growing nation restore its prime scavenger before there are untold human consequences?AT FIRST, NO ONE NOTICED THEY WERE missing.Vultures- massive and clumsy, their naked faces buried in rotting flesh along the roadside, on the...
Rancor
"CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?" MY BROTHER SAID, TALKing more to the air than to me. "They're leaving us without a soccer field.""What?" I said to myself and went up to the roof, my favorite place in the house for the last few months. It was 1979.And from the...
Squatter City
How the housing crisis threatens Venezuela's revolutionHIRTY FLOORS ABOVE THE MANGO salesmen and the hotdog vendors, the bustling crowds and the listless, loitering youths, a young man walks to the open ledge of the Centro Financiero Confinanzas and...
Storm
From here the mountains aroundPort-au-Prince are green; toofar to see the denuded hillside,too far to see the brown wounds,too far to see at the layeredcity of sand bags, woodenreinforcement, heavy plastictents, the gravel, the dust,the narrow lanes,...
The Education of Hugo Chávez
UNRAVELING VENEZUELA'S REVOLUTIONARY PATHIn the spring of 1999, newly-elected Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sent a letter to a man serving a life sentence in a French prison. Chavez addressed the prisoner (who is Venezuelan by birth) as a "distinguished...
The Roots of Revolution
1960s1963 The Three Prisoners: Guillermo Garcia Ponce (left), Teodoro Petkoff (center), and Luis Miquilena (right) are imprisoned together in the San Carlos military stockade.1964 At the age of 15, Mich Ramirez is the leader of the Communist party's...
The Rude Wasting of Old Time
The Romantics were in love with ruins. When painter Benjamin Haydon took John Keats to the British Museum to visit the newly unveiled statuary plundered from the Greek Parthenon by Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, the young poet was struck dumb - not...
This Is Not a Requiem for Detroit
I WAS BORN IN QUEENS IN I975- THE YEAR OF the infamous New York Post cover "Ford to City: Drop Dead," when New York City was about to declare municipal bankruptcy, and the federal government was desperately trying to divorce urban America. The New York...
Vultures Rising
Miami's condo market is finally on the rebound, hut are high-risk investors setting us up for another fall?ON A RECENT OCTOBER AFTERNOON IN downtown Miami, the same week the robo -signing scandal triggered a nationwide moratorium on foreclosures (a brief...
Writs of Possession
1.WHEN SAMMY KNOCKS, WHEN SHE SAYS, 'Sheriff's office," she stands to the side of the apartment door. No one has tried to shoot her, not yet. But you never know. The peephole darkens. She waits for the door to rattle open, and when it doesn't, she knocks...