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Margo Jefferson at Salmagundi’s “Sharing the Wealth” conference on February 3. Photograph by Emma Dodge Hanson

Arguing Belief and Unbelief: A Symposium – Session One

Faith, Doubt, Atheism, Obedience

Salmagundi No. 200-201, Fall 2018 - Winter 2019

Tragic Destinies

Hemingway And Plath Letters

Salmagundi No. 200-201, Fall 2018 - Winter 2019

The Land of Utopian Denial

Salmagundi No. 200-201, Fall 2018 - Winter 2019

Still Learning

A Review of Edward St. Aubyn, Dunbar

Salmagundi No. 200-201, Fall 2018 - Winter 2019

Watching House of Cards in the Age of Donald Trump

In Lieu Of A Preface

Salmagundi No. 58/59, Fall 1982 – Winter 1983

Shabby Gentility

Salmagundi No. 185/186, Winter – Spring 2015

Walter Benjamin, Fabulist*

“The wingspan of your voice … / Cannot be taken down”

In Memory of Lucie Brock-Broido

A Possum Entering the Argument

Salmagundi No. 162-163, (2009)

London. High Summer.

Salmagundi No. 176 (2012)

Water Damage

Salmagundi 158/159, 2009

Porch Steps

Salmagundi No. 124-125, 1999-2000

Commas, Dashes, Ellipses, Full Stops, Question Marks

Salmagundi No. 197-198, Winter - Spring 2018

Layering Lives

Fiction by Tolstaya and Muñoz Molina

Salmagundi No. 200-201, Fall 2018 - Winter 2019

On a Borrowed Horse

Patrick Leigh Fermor

“I’ve Cooked the Pudding”

On Djibril Diop Mambety

Salmagundi No. 200-201, Fall 2018 - Winter 2019

Fermor’s Footsteps
Plf, at his desk in greece
February 23, 2018

Recently we remembered Patrick Leigh Fermor whose birthday on the 11th of February marked 103 years (he lived to 96). In a special feature of a 2014 Salmagundi, we published a selection of writers on Fermor and offered even more pieces online including “Constantinople” from which the following excerpt comes:

“My plan was vague. Like Fermor and Lee, I wanted to get away from the small town I had grown up in, to get out and to find, as Fermor put it, ‘A new life! Freedom! Something to write about!’ I wanted to be lost and to taste the loneliness of sleeping on trains. I wanted to flirt with the edges of safety and cross thresholds, borders and edges. I knew I was looking for a hyper-awareness of place and for landscapes to insert myself into and I was interested in exploring the bridge between the dream-spaces of the books I was reading and the real places I was physically moving through.”

More here

Photography of Leigh Fermor on his terrace at Kardamyli courtesy of Beatrice Monti

The Shipwrecked Mind:

On Political Reaction


Conducting the Light and The Dark

A Note on Jason Molina

True Believer: My Friendship with Cynthia Ozick

Exoticism Redeemed:

Patrick Leigh Fermor in the Caribbean


Salmagundi No. 14, 1970


Salmagundi #144-145 (2004-2005)


Salmagundi No. 148/149, Fall 2005 - Winter 2006

The Snake in the Garden

Salmagundi No. 197-198, Winter - Spring 2018

Scandal Mad and Boy Crazy