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    Issues of the 1980s = 8 Years, 78 Issues, 1,123 Articles
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                        Issues of 1991 = 10 Issues, 196 Articles
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                          Issues of 1992 = 10 Issues, 197 Articles
                          1. [+]
                            January 1992 Issue = 19 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-3
                            2. Stuart Davis at the Met by Hilton Kramer, pp. 4-8
                            3. Multiculturalism triumphant by Heather Mac Donald, pp. 9-18
                            4. Il caso Lampedusa by Christopher Carduff, pp. 19-26
                            5. Calder at the Whitney by Karen Wilkin, pp. 27-32
                            6. New poems by Leslie Norris, p. 33
                            7. After years away by John Matthias, pp. 34-36
                            8. Amateurs & others by Jed Perl, pp. 37-44
                            9. "Circa 1492" by Creighton Gilbert, pp. 45-48
                            10. Murray Perahia by Samuel Lipman, pp. 49-53
                            11. Othertimes, otherwheres by Donald Lyons, pp. 54-57
                            12. [+]
                              Mailer & Brodkey, big & bad by Bruce Bawer, pp. 58-63 - 2 Reviews
                              1. Harlot's Ghost by Norman Mailer
                              2. The Runaway Soul by Harold Brodkey
                            13. [+]
                              Foucault's gay science by Richard Vine, pp. 64-68 - 1 Review
                              1. Michel Foucault by Didier Eribon
                            14. [+]
                              Mr. Wu & Mrs. Stitch by Brooke Allen, pp. 69-72 - 1 Review
                              1. The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper by Artemis Cooper
                            15. [+]
                              War & pieces by Julian Symons, pp. 73-75 - 1 Review
                              1. Writers on World War II by Mordecai Richler
                            16. [+]
                              Review The Campaign, by Carlos Fuentes by Lauren Weiner, p. 76 - 1 Review
                              1. The Campaign by Carlos Fuentes
                            17. [+]
                              Review The Impossible H.L. Mencken, by Marion Elizabe... by Evelyn Toynton, p. 77 - 1 Review
                              1. The Impossible H.L. Mencken by Marion Elizabeth Rodgers and H.L. Mencken
                            18. [+]
                              Review Virgil, by David R. Slavitt by Donald Lyons, pp. 77-78 - 1 Review
                              1. Virgil by David R. Slavitt
                            19. Letters, pp. 79-86
                          2. [+]
                            February 1992 Issue = 19 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-2
                            2. Andre Levinson by Hilton Kramer, pp. 3-8
                            3. History & Francis Fukuyama by Roger Kimball, pp. 9-15
                            4. "The Ghosts of Versailles" by John Simon, pp. 16-23
                            5. On drawing from the Morgan Beatus by Deborah Rosenthal, pp. 24-30
                            6. They hissed the tenor! by J. Weintraub, pp. 31-36
                            7. New poems by Leslie Norris, pp. 37-38
                            8. Two suns by Alan Michael Parker, p. 39
                            9. To a garden asleep; Sonnet by C.H. Sisson, pp. 40-41
                            10. Yehudi Menuhin by Samuel Lipman, pp. 42-48
                            11. By the month by Jed Perl, pp. 49-53
                            12. "Nick & Nora" & more by Donald Lyons, pp. 54-57
                            13. [+]
                              Braving time by Cleanth Brooks, pp. 58-60 - 1 Review
                              1. The Enemy's Country by Geoffrey Hill
                            14. [+]
                              An individual publisher by Martin Greenberg, pp. 61-63 - 1 Review
                              1. Kurt Wolff: A Portrait in Essays and Letters by Michael Ermarth and Kurt Wolff
                            15. [+]
                              Footholds in reality by Robert Richman, pp. 64-66 - 1 Review
                              1. Selected Poems by Derek Mahon
                            16. [+]
                              Review Shade Those Laurels, by Cyril Connolly and Pet... by Christopher Carduff, p. 67 - 1 Review
                              1. Shade Those Laurels by Cyril Connolly and Peter Levi
                            17. [+]
                              Review John Nash, by Michael Mansbridge by Roger Kimball, pp. 68-69 - 1 Review
                              1. John Nash by Michael Mansbridge
                            18. Condescending to Columbus by James Bowman, pp. 70-76
                            19. Letters, pp. 77-86
                          3. [+]
                            March 1992 Issue = 19 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-3
                            2. Art & politics in Vichy France by Hilton Kramer, pp. 4-9
                            3. Trollope today by Roger Kimball, pp. 10-19
                            4. The legacy of John Wesley by Jeffrey Hart, pp. 20-28
                            5. Mozart & the young by Samuel Lipman, pp. 29-32
                            6. Penelope Fitzgerald by Bruce Bawer, pp. 33-42
                            7. Jon Wiener's pop Marxism by Ronald Radosh, pp. 43-46
                            8. Poems by Donald Justice, pp. 47-49
                            9. Homefront by Dick Allen, p. 50
                            10. L'Etat culturel by Katherine Knorr, pp. 51-55
                            11. Gaston Lachaise by Karen Wilkin, pp. 56-61
                            12. Stern & Kahn by Carter Wiseman, pp. 62-64
                            13. "Two Shakespearean Actors" by Donald Lyons, pp. 65-66
                            14. [+]
                              The human sources of history by Donald Kagan, pp. 67-70 - 1 Review
                              1. The Classical Foundations of Modern Historiography by Arnaldo Momigliano
                            15. [+]
                              Apologies to Sidney by James Bowman, pp. 71-72 - 1 Review
                              1. Sir Philip Sidney by Katherine Duncan-Jones
                            16. [+]
                              Our woman in Europe by Thomas Mallon, pp. 73-74 - 1 Review
                              1. These Sad But Glorious Days by Margaret Fuller, Larry Joe Reynolds, and Susan Smith, ...
                            17. [+]
                              Review Dear Departed, by Marguerite Yourcenar by Christopher Carduff, pp. 75-76 - 1 Review
                              1. Dear Departed by Marguerite Yourcenar
                            18. [+]
                              Review The Goldin Boys, by Joseph Epstein by David Gurevich, pp. 77-78 - 1 Review
                              1. The Goldin Boys by Joseph Epstein
                            19. Letters, pp. 79-86
                          4. [+]
                            April 1992 Issue = 18 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-3
                            2. Rogert Venturi does Seattle by Roger Kimball, pp. 4-9
                            3. Letters of Dorothy Richardson by Gloria G. Fromm, pp. 10-22
                            4. Edna St. Vincent Millay by Mary Jo Salter, pp. 23-29
                            5. Pierre Drieu La Rochelle by Renee Winegarten, pp. 30-37
                            6. New poems by Louis Simpson, pp. 38-40
                            7. Cissy's song by John Hollander, pp. 41-42
                            8. Meditation on a Brooklyn bench; When the spirit by Harvey Shapiro, pp. 43-44
                            9. Egon Petri by Samuel Lipman, pp. 45-51
                            10. Gay Block's "Rescuers" by Jed Perl, pp. 52-55
                            11. Gershwin & more by Donald Lyons, pp. 56-59
                            12. [+]
                              Geniuses all the time by Bruce Bawer, pp. 60-65 - 1 Review
                              1. The Portable Beat Reader by Ann Charters
                            13. [+]
                              Authoritarian Marxism by Dayne Dynes, pp. 66-67 - 1 Review
                              1. Citadel Culture by Otto Karl Werckmeister
                            14. [+]
                              The tiger & the young lady by Harold James, pp. 68-72 - 1 Review
                              1. From Weimar to Auschwitz by Hans Mommsen
                            15. [+]
                              Enterprising explicators by William Rice, p. 73 - 1 Review
                              1. Academic Capitalism and Literary Value by Harold Fromm
                            16. [+]
                              Review The Reader's Companion to American History, by... by James W. Tuttleton, p. 74 - 1 Review
                              1. The Reader's Companion to American History by John A. Garraty and Eric Foner
                            17. [+]
                              Review Reading Old Friends, by John Matthias by Tess Lewis, pp. 75-76 - 1 Review
                              1. Reading Old Friends by John Matthias
                            18. Carlos Fuentes discovers America by Mark Falcoff, pp. 77-86
                          5. [+]
                            May 1992 Issue = 18 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-3
                            2. Conducting culture at Bard by Roger Kimball, pp. 4-9
                            3. Toni Morrison by Bruce Bawer, pp. 10-17
                            4. Aulis Sallinen's "Kullervo" by John Simon, pp. 18-23
                            5. "Politics" & Anthony Powell by Terry Teachout, pp. 24-32
                            6. Rabelais reconsidered by D.S. Carne-Ross, pp. 33-39
                            7. Poems by Frederick Morgan, pp. 40-42
                            8. Manhattan, deconstructing by Richard Tillinghast, p. 43
                            9. A tale of two orchestras by Samuel Lipman, pp. 44-47
                            10. Breakthrough, idyll, icon, allegory by Jed Perl, pp. 48-53
                            11. Schiller & co. by Donald Lyons, pp. 54-59
                            12. [+]
                              Song of himself by Marc M. Arkin, pp. 60-64 - 1 Review
                              1. The American Religion by Harold Bloom
                            13. [+]
                              What was the question? by James Bowman, pp. 65-67 - 1 Review
                              1. The Gates of Ivory by Margaret Drabble
                            14. [+]
                              A poet's poet by Dana Gioia, pp. 68-70 - 1 Review
                              1. A Donald Justice Reader by Donald Justice
                            15. [+]
                              The great Galician novel by Lauren Weiner, pp. 71-73 - 1 Review
                              1. The House of Ulloa by Emilia Pardo Bazan
                            16. [+]
                              The omelet of A. MacLeish by Jeffrey Meyers, pp. 74-77 - 1 Review
                              1. Archibald MacLeish by Scott Donaldson and R.H. Winnick
                            17. [+]
                              The political Delacroix by Karen Wilkin, pp. 78-83 - 1 Review
                              1. Eugene Delacroix by Nina Maria Athanassoglou-Kallmyer
                            18. Old pianos by Malcolm Bilson and Samuel Lipman, pp. 84-94
                          6. [+]
                            June 1992 Issue = 24 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-3
                            2. Abolishing art at the Whitney by Roger Kimball, pp. 4-11
                            3. Rebecca West & Yugoslavia by Richard Tillinghast, pp. 12-22
                            4. On concert programming by Samuel Lipman, pp. 23-27
                            5. W.D. Howells, literary critic by James W. Tuttleton, pp. 28-37
                            6. Courbet in his letters by Karen Wilkin, pp. 38-44
                            7. Poems by Nicholas Samaras, pp. 45-46
                            8. Homage to Ralph Blakelock by James Reidel, p. 47
                            9. The kite by James Ulmer, p. 48
                            10. The accident by David Baker, p. 49
                            11. Happy by Luke Zilles, p. 50
                            12. Irreconcilable differences by Jed Perl, pp. 51-56
                            13. Revived & well by Donald Lyons, pp. 57-60
                            14. Two Milhaud operas by Samuel Lipman, pp. 61-62
                            15. [+]
                              The living & the dead by Bruce Bawer, pp. 63-69 - 4 Reviews
                              1. At Weddings and Wakes by Alice McDermott
                              2. Three Evenings by James Lasdun
                              3. The Living by Annie Dillard
                              4. Paradise News by David Lodge
                            16. [+]
                              The dynamics of destruction by Jeffrey Meyers, pp. 70-72 - 1 Review
                              1. The Interior Castle by Ann Hulbert
                            17. [+]
                              Diderot's puzzles by Renee Winegarten, pp. 73-76 - 1 Review
                              1. "This Is Not a Story" and Other Stories by Denis Diderot
                            18. [+]
                              Nasty & nice by Brooke Allen, pp. 77-80 - 1 Review
                              1. Will This Do? by Auberon Waugh
                            19. [+]
                              Fuss & featherweights by James Bowman, p. 81 - 1 Review
                              1. Talents and Technicians by John W. Aldridge
                            20. [+]
                              Review Fortunate Lives, by Robb Forman Dew by Terry Teachout, p. 82 - 1 Review
                              1. Fortunate Lives by Robb Forman Dew
                            21. [+]
                              Review Ancient Sun, Modern Light, by Marianne McDonald by Donald Lyons, p. 83 - 1 Review
                              1. Ancient Sun, Modern Light by Marianne McDonald
                            22. [+]
                              Review Wallace Stevens, by James Longenbach by Bruce Bawer, pp. 84-85 - 1 Review
                              1. Wallace Stevens by James Longenbach
                            23. Notebook by Heather Mac Donald, pp. 86-90
                            24. Index, pp. 91-102
                          7. [+]
                            September 1992 Issue = 18 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-3
                            2. The new Guggenheim by Hilton Kramer, pp. 4-7
                            3. Disfiguring a landmark by Mildred F. Schmertz, pp. 8-11
                            4. The private Bertrand Russell by Roger Kimball, pp. 12-22
                            5. Funding America's orchestras by Samuel Lipman, pp. 23-29
                            6. Susan Sontag's new romance by Bruce Bawer, pp. 30-37
                            7. Dr. Johnson in his letters by Christopher Ricks, pp. 38-41
                            8. "Star teller" by Donald Petersen, pp. 42-49
                            9. After the Velvet Revolution by Peter Demetz, pp. 50-54
                            10. The hangman's tale by Harriet Crawley, pp. 55-58
                            11. On European methods by Donald Lyons, pp. 59-63
                            12. The blighted gallery season by Jed Perl, pp. 64-67
                            13. [+]
                              From the baked bricks by D.S. Carne-Ross, pp. 68-73 - 6 Reviews
                              1. Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament With Supplement by James B. Pritchard
                              2. Gilgamesh by John Gardner and John R. Maier
                              3. The Epic of Gilgamesh by Maureen Gallery Kovacs
                              4. Myths From Mesopotamia by Stephanie Dalley
                              5. He Who Saw Everything by Robert K. Temple
                              6. Gilgamesh by David Ferry
                            14. [+]
                              Sentimental favorites by Martin Greenberg, pp. 74-76 - 1 Review
                              1. The Granta Book of the American Short Story by Richard Ford
                            15. [+]
                              Idling into romance by Guy Davenport, pp. 77-78 - 1 Review
                              1. Salem Is My Dwelling Place by Edwin Haviland Miller
                            16. [+]
                              Too "true" to be good by James Bowman, pp. 79-81 - 1 Review
                              1. Whistling in the Dark by George Garrett
                            17. "Punch" by Penelope Fitzgerald, pp. 82-86
                            18. Letters, pp. 87-94
                          8. [+]
                            October 1992 Issue = 21 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-3
                            2. How not to write about art by Roger Kimball, pp. 4-9
                            3. Maurice Baring by Joseph Epstein, pp. 10-19
                            4. A footnote to Yalta by Jeremy Murray-Brown, pp. 20-27
                            5. From the Tiger's claw by Kathleen McCann, pp. 28-36
                            6. Sex, the Sixties & Camille Paglia by Donald Lyons, pp. 37-41
                            7. New poems by Andrew Hudgins, pp. 42-43
                            8. After a line by F. Scott Fitzgerald by William Logan, p. 44
                            9. Scordatura by David R. Slavitt, p. 45
                            10. Key in hand by Jessica Hornik, p. 46
                            11. Mantegna by Creighton Gilbert, pp. 47-52
                            12. Curators & Indians by Jed Perl, pp. 53-56
                            13. [+]
                              Art after Warhol by Karen Wilkin, pp. 57-60 - 1 Review
                              1. Beyond the Brillo box by Arthur C. Danto
                            14. [+]
                              Spaced out by Robert Richman, pp. 61-64 - 2 Reviews
                              1. The Rabbiter's Bounty by Les A. Murray
                              2. The Boys Who Stole the Funeral by Les A. Murray
                            15. [+]
                              Panpipes & preppies by Brooke Allen, pp. 65-67 - 1 Review
                              1. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
                            16. [+]
                              Books into life by Guy Davenport, pp. 68-70 - 1 Review
                              1. The Double Life of Stephen Crane by Christopher Benfey
                            17. [+]
                              Beyond the bandstand by Richard Brookhiser, pp. 71-72 - 1 Review
                              1. Charles Ives: "My Father's Song" by Stuart Feder
                            18. [+]
                              The song of the bow by John Herington, pp. 73-74 - 1 Review
                              1. The Cure at Troy by Seamus Heaney
                            19. [+]
                              Review Left Letters, by James D. Bloom by Sam Tanenhaus, p. 75 - 1 Review
                              1. Left Letters by James D. Bloom
                            20. [+]
                              2 Reviews On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist, by Nor... by Tess Lewis, pp. 76-77 - 2 Reviews
                              1. On Clowns: The Dictator and the Artist by Norman Manea
                              2. October, Eight O'clock by Norman Manea
                            21. Letters, pp. 78-86
                          9. [+]
                            November 1992 Issue = 21 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-3
                            2. Matisse at MOMA by Hilton Kramer, pp. 4-7
                            3. Burke's Great Melody by Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr., pp. 8-11
                            4. Joseph Mitchell by Christopher Carduff, pp. 12-22
                            5. The new "Bartlett's" by John Simon, pp. 23-29
                            6. Andre Malraux by Mark Falcoff, pp. 30-37
                            7. New poems by Enid Shomer, pp. 38-39
                            8. Anecdote of the sugar bowl by Timothy Steele, p. 40
                            9. The inheritance by James Aitchison, p. 41
                            10. "Capriccio" by Samuel Lipman, pp. 42-45
                            11. Chagall by Jed Perl, pp. 46-48
                            12. Two Cubists by Karen Wilkin, pp. 49-52
                            13. "Les Atrides" by Donald Lyons, pp. 53-57
                            14. [+]
                              Acne on the Left, lepers on the Right by John Silber, pp. 58-60 - 1 Review
                              1. Politics by Other Means by David Bromwich
                            15. [+]
                              Decline & fall by Brooke Allen, pp. 61-64 - 1 Review
                              1. Evelyn Waugh: The Later Years, 1939-1966 by Martin Stannard
                            16. [+]
                              Twain's brevities by James W. Tuttleton, pp. 65-68 - 2 Reviews
                              1. Mark Twain, Vol I by Louis J. Budd and Mark Twain
                              2. Mark Twain, Vol II by Louis J. Budd and Mark Twain
                            17. [+]
                              Prerogatives of genius by Carter Wiseman, pp. 69-70 - 1 Review
                              1. Frank Lloyd Wright: A Biography by Meryle Secrest
                            18. [+]
                              Membership & memory by Bruce Bawer, pp. 71-76 - 1 Review
                              1. Fidelity: Five Stories by Wendell Berry
                            19. [+]
                              Review A Nation of Victims, by Charles J. Sykes by James Bowman, p. 77 - 1 Review
                              1. A Nation of Victims by Charles J. Sykes
                            20. [+]
                              Review Cinema and Soviet Society, 1917-1953, by Peter... by Jeremy Murray-Brown, pp. 78-79 - 1 Review
                              1. Cinema and Soviet Society, 1917-1953 by Peter Kenez
                            21. Letters, pp. 80-86
                          10. [+]
                            December 1992 Issue = 20 Articles
                            1. Notes & Comments, pp. 1-4
                            2. "The Great Utopia" by Hilton Kramer, pp. 5-9
                            3. The treason of the intellectuals by Roger Kimball, pp. 10-16
                            4. Ribera at the Met by Karen Wilkin, pp. 17-22
                            5. Hemingway unbound by James W. Tuttleton, pp. 23-30
                            6. Poems by Richard Tillinghast, pp. 31-32
                            7. Old address book; Getting farsighted by Robert B. Shaw, pp. 33-34
                            8. Photo of my father in a snowbound train by David Wojahn, p. 35
                            9. Sharing the score by X.J. Kennedy, p. 36
                            10. Julianne-julienne by John Frederick Nims, p. 37
                            11. Glass's "The Voyage" by Samuel Lipman, pp. 38-41
                            12. Hellenistic sculpture by Beryl Barr-Sharrar, pp. 42-47
                            13. Mamet & Gray by Donald Lyons, pp. 48-50
                            14. [+]
                              Literature & revolution by Bruce Bawer, pp. 51-58 - 4 Reviews
                              1. Leviathan by Paul Auster
                              2. The Porcupine by Julian Barnes
                              3. The Last Shot by Hugo Hamilton
                              4. Antiquity Street by Sonia Rami
                            15. [+]
                              Little Wilson & big God by George Sim Johnston, pp. 59-62 - 2 Reviews
                              1. Against Religion by A.N. Wilson
                              2. Jesus: A Life by A.N. Wilson
                            16. [+]
                              Shakespeare as shaman by C.H. Sisson, pp. 63-65 - 1 Review
                              1. Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being by Ted Hughes
                            17. [+]
                              The magic begins by John Szarkowski, pp. 66-68 - 1 Review
                              1. Out of the Shadows by Larry Schaaf
                            18. [+]
                              yes is a pleasant country by Colin Falck, pp. 69-71 - 1 Review
                              1. E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962 by George J. Firmage and E.E. Cummings
                            19. [+]
                              Radical shtick by James Bowman, pp. 72-75 - 1 Review
                              1. Rads by Tom Bates
                            20. Howard Nemerov, 1920-1991 by Willard Spiegelman, pp. 76-86
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                          Issues of 1993 = 10 Issues, 196 Articles
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                                    Issues of 1998 = 10 Issues, 183 Articles
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                                      Issues of 1999 = 10 Issues, 181 Articles
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                                      Issues of the 2000s = 6 Years, 52 Issues, 1,012 Articles
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                                        Issues of 2000 = 10 Issues, 183 Articles
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                                          Issues of 2001 = 9 Issues, 183 Articles
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                                            Issues of 2002 = 10 Issues, 190 Articles
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                                              Issues of 2003 = 10 Issues, 190 Articles
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                                                Issues of 2004 = 10 Issues, 204 Articles
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                                                  Issues of 2005 = 3 Issues, 62 Articles