An international quarterly magazine of politics, culture, literature and the arts published at Skidmore College
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Salmagundi #214-215, just out, is as fresh, delicious and varied as the Wayne Thiebaud pies that adorn its cover (you can read our Art Scene columnist, Barbara Purcell, on “Thiebaud at 100” which includes their conversation from his final interview). Adam Phillips—a long-time Salmagundi contributor who is also “Britain’s foremost psychoanalytic writer” according to the New Yorker (but so much more than that)—offers a rich and characteristically singular essay on censorship that anchors a wide-ranging special feature on the psychotherapist and essayist’s work with contributions from Stephen Greenblatt, Phillip Lopate, Emily Fox-Gordon and others. A new Salmagundi Symposium, “America as a Broken Society,” features responses to David Brooks by Roger Berkowitz and William Deresiewicz. Also in this issue: a moving and candid essay by Howard Norman concerning biography and friendship, an unflinching consideration of Balthus and Nabokov by Jeffrey Meyers, columns on “deadfacting” and Googlegangers plus new fiction and poetry (including work by Pulitzer Prize winner Carl Dennis), among other delights and provocations. Some pieces are available on this site but please consider ordering the complete issue or, better yet, subscribing to Salmagundi by visiting the shop on our homepage.
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Photograph of the young Rickie Lee Jones courtesy of the artist

The Home Key #7

An Interview with Rickie Lee Jones

On the Bobos

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

A Selection from Elias Canetti’s The Book Against Death

Susan sontag

Women, The Arts, & The Politics of Culture

An Interview with Susan Sontag

Salmagundi No. 188/189, 2015


Salmagundi #144-145 (2004-2005)

Make Our Institutions Great Again

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The Home Key #6:

Get Back

If You Would Let Me

Three Books, Two Hats, and an Essay Survival Plan

Roth and the Biographers

On Meritocracy and Faith

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022


A Symposium

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Weightless Effusions

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

What Lurks Below the New Class War

Salmagundi 214-215, Spring - Summer 2022

Nabokov and Balthus:

The Erotic Imagination

The Black Intellectual & The Condition of the Culture

A Salmagundi Symposium at Skidmore College

Salmagundi No. 206-207, Spring-Summer 2020

Wielding the Lyric

On Now It’s Dark

Emerging from Censorship

Salmagundi No. 100, Fall 1993

Notes on Monogamy


Disenchantment and Dogma

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Beauty in Struggle:

On Jacob Lawrence

The Future of a Bronze Age Religion

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022


Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Diane Arbus and Sylvia Plath:

“The Horror! The Horror!”

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

The Forward-Looking Anachronist:

Johan Huizinga and Autumntide of the Middle Ages