An international quarterly magazine of politics, culture, literature and the arts published at Skidmore College

“If at times my productions do not express the conventionally beautiful,” Jacob Lawrence once remarked, “there is always an effort to express the universal beauty of man’s continuous struggle…” Lawrence was a prominent figurative painter of the 20th century and the most important Black artist of his time, recounting epic narratives and everyday scenes, often of the African-American experience, to tell a broader American story.

—Salmgundi’s Art Scene columnist, Barbara Purcell, writes on Lawrence in the current issue, #212-213 (Fall 2021 - Winter 2022), a piece also available below online.

Disenchantment and Dogma

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Diane Arbus and Sylvia Plath:

“The Horror! The Horror!”

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

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

The Future of a Bronze Age Religion

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022


Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Weightless Effusions

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

Can a Free Society Enforce Inclusiveness?

Rick Moody, Life Coach:

The Record of Your Experiences

Literature and Engagement:

The Power of Words

The Poet’s Staircase

On Robert Lowell

Beauty in Struggle:

On Jacob Lawrence

New Salmagundi in Press
Cover 212
November 17, 2021

Salmagundi 202-213 (Fall 2021 - Winter 2022) will be published by December 1. A characteristically eclectic and provocative issue, 212-213 includes:

Barbara Purcell’s inaugural Art Scene column on Jacob Lawrence

“Can the American Meritocracy Get Religion?, a symposium including Marilynne Robinson, Rick Moody, Siri Hustvedt, William Deresiewicz and David Skeel

An interview on race and integration with writer Calvin Baker

An excerpt from Elias Canetti’s The Book Against Death

Linda Hall on the American essay

Jennifer Delton on “Inclusiveness”

Benjamin Ivry on Huizinga

Jeffrey Meyers on Plath and Arbus

Fiction by Sheila Kohler, poems by Kit Fan, Richard Tillinghast and others

And much more.

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Susan sontag

Women, The Arts, & The Politics of Culture

An Interview with Susan Sontag

Salmagundi No. 188/189, 2015


Salmagundi #144-145 (2004-2005)

On Meritocracy and Faith

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022


A Symposium

Salmagundi 212 - 213, Fall 2021 - Winter 2022

The Forward-Looking Anachronist:

Johan Huizinga and Autumntide of the Middle Ages

Cornelius Eady (Tie by Susan Micklem)

The Home Key #3:

An Interview with Cornelius Eady

Undertow, Wolf’s Head Lake

How Zen Ruins Poets

Your Living Eyes

A Few Clear Moments