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


Fiction by Steven Millhauser

The idea of a public execution was one among many, but it began to attract serious attention as petitioners went door to door soliciting signatures. At a crowded town meeting, the final vote was 39% in favor, 37% opposed, and 24% abstaining. In the weeks that followed, we debated the merits and shortcomings of death by hanging, death by lethal injection, death by electrocution, and death by firing squad, before settling on the guillotine …

From the story “After the Beheading,”in SALMAGUNDI #208-209. Read the full story below or choose the link in Current Issue tab above.

After the Beheading

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

Before The Earth Cooled:

The Pre-Jazz Life and Music of Buddy Bolden

Trading Places

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

Alternative Facts, Post Truth & The Great American Eclipse

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

Something That Would Have Been Somebody:

Abortion, Reproductive Justice, and Political Imagination

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021


Conducting the Light and The Dark

A Note on Jason Molina

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Frank Bidart’s ‘Ellen West’ Becomes an Opera

Nobel Prize Awarded to Louise Glück
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October 8, 2020

The Nobel Prize in Literature has just been awarded to the American poet Louise Glück — a writer we have long published, read and loved (her first published poems appeared in SALMAGUNDI #4, 1966/7).

She has contributed more than a dozen poems to SALMAGUNDI and for virtually every one its 34 summer sessions participated in the New York State Summer Writers Institute, held at SALMAGUNDI’s home, Skidmore College, which awarded her an honorary degree when she delivered the Steloff Lecture at the college in 1995.

Editor-in-Chief Robert Boyers reviewed Louise Glück’s first book in the PARTISAN REVIEW more than fifty years ago and wrote about her Collected Poems a few years ago in a lengthy review-essay for THE NATION Magazine that begins with a brief account of reading her early poems as a young editor of a new magazine.

Louise now joins a list of SALMAGUNDI contributors who have been awarded the Nobel Prize—Nadine Gordimer, JM Coetzee, Saul Bellow, Mario Vargas Llosa, Seamus Heaney.

Thomas Mann and Sigmund Freud:

The Friendship of Genius

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

Poetry, Prose, and Longing:

The Memoirs of Honor Moore*

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

After George Steiner:

A Personal Recollection

Salmagundi No. 208-209, Fall 2020-Winter 2021

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Robert and Peg Boyers in the Salmagundi office, 1976

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“Salmagundi Annual Cocktail Party”

A Drawing c. 1969