Letter from the Editors: The Reader is Going All-Print!

It is our pleasure to announce to you the latest development here at the American Reader: effective October 1st, 2014, we will be turning our full focus to our print journal. The website will still be an active part of the magazine. Our “Day in Lettres” blog will continue, along with weekly dispatches from the editors about what we’re reading and engaging with, and regular updates regarding new issues and upcoming events.

Staff Picks: Print Favorites

This October, the American Reader is going (almost) all print. In celebration of this shift, the editors have put together an unranked list of twenty of our favorite stories, poems, plays and essays that have appeared in our print edition over the past two years.

8 September (1852): Karl Marx to Friedrich Engels

You will have observed from my letters that, as usual when I am in it myself and do not just hear about it from afar, I am wading through the shit with great indifference. But what’s to be done? My house is a hospital, and the crisis is getting so disruptive that it compels me to give it my all-highest attention. What’s to be done?

4 September (1982): Václav Havel to Olga Havlová

Yes: man is in fact nailed down—like Christ on the cross—to a grid of paradoxes: stretched between the horizontal of the world and the vertical of Being; dragged down by the hopelessness of existing-in-the-world on the one hand, and the unattainability of the absolute on the other, he balances between the torment of not knowing his mission and the joy of carrying it out, between nothingness and meaningfulness.

28 August (1926): Rebecca West to John Gunther

It isn’t, as my family has always conspired to make me believe and as H. G. in his sadism loved to tell me, that I am a neurotic who cannot stand up to life, but that I am healthy and I have been preyed on by neurotics till they have bled me nearly white. So there we are. I feel better, but accursedly alone.