Volume VII, No. 1 – Spring 2013

TSR: The Southampton Review. Vol. VII, No. 1

Features writing by Billy Collins, Roger Rosenblatt, Ursula Hegi and Jen Senft, and artwork by Francine Fleischer and Diana Frank, among others. Includes a special Turkana Basin insert with photographs and writing from the January 2012 winter conference at the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya.

Table of Contents


Future Nebulous Self — Sally Molini
The Same Old Satori • Arch Poetica — Ben Berman
When the Volcano Erupts • Sunday: Grand Army Plaza — Pui Ying Wong
Heirs Apparent — Joseph Dorazio
The Truth about You • Life, Unfulfilled — Alexandra Scholldorf
On Seeing Blake’s Illustrations • At Four Months I Visit Chicago — Deborah Bacharach
The Rise of the Proletariat — Lisa Bellamy
Meditation #41 It Is Done, My Love, It Is Done — Gerard Beirne
Palely Loitering • Deposition • Uscita — David Starkey
Snow in the Garden — Matthew Daddona
Metronome in Eden — Rosanne Smith
Lesson for the Day — Billy Collins

Memoir & Essay

Isn’t it Romantic? — David Rakoff
Thoroughly Modern Wagner:
The Ring Commercialized — Konstantin Soukhovetski
David in the Present Tense — Roger Rosenblatt
Retraction — Patricia Marx
Discovering Auld Angst Syne — Meg Wolitzer
My Husband’s Shirt — Jacqueline Henry
Torpedoes — Daniel Menaker
All the Time We Have — David Rakoff
Mourning for David — Laura Baudo
Thank You for Making Today Beautiful — Patricia S. Follert
The Familiar Essay — David Rakoff
The Book Bug — Carrie Cooperider
Multiple Marilyn — Joanne Pateman
Oink Vey — Jane Lear
Davey — Ruth Rakoff
Simple Rules for Permanence — Elaine McKay
Dear Mr. Roth, — Dinah Lenney
Morning David — Patricia Marx


Vacation — Vanessa Cuti
The Monster — Ali Simpson
The Birds of Udaipur — Sarah Gauch
She’s Gone — David Jack Kenny
Foreign Currency Minted in the New World — Joshua Pasternak
Alice Cosgrove — Christopher Byrd
Hoosiers Abroad — Katie Burpo
Wesley’s Home — Dave Engeldrum
Introduction — Matthew Klam
Eggplant — Michael Don

Play & Screenplay

Old Jews Telling Jokes — Daniel Okrent & Peter Gethers
The New Tenants — Anders Thomas Jensen, adapted by David Rakoff

Art Portfolios

A Classical Realist — Sadie J. Valeri
Assembling Meaning — Jim Gemake
Introduction — Ana Daniel
Narratives — Stephen Hartman
Les Pommiers — Vincent Brandi

Photography Portfolio

Capturing Phantoms — Meryl Spiegel
Introduction — Ana Daniel

Cartoon Portfolios

Writers’ Blocks — Gahan Wilson
The Lost American — Jules Feiffer
“I do not believe in writer’s block.” — Jules Feiffer

David’s Gifts

Front cover, 5, 30, 40, 98, 165, 177, 206, Back cover
Photo credit for gifts on pages 30—32, 40—42, and 165: Jason Green

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