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.

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



My Father’s Green Album

Salmagundi 210 - 211, Spring - Summer 2021

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

The Past

Rick Moody, Life Coach:



Salmagundi 210 - 211, Spring - Summer 2021