Illustration of cover of Vanity Fair magazine, tv and videos in the background

The Real National Pastime

by Rand Richards Cooper ’80

In the 1990s, did a preoccupation with sex lay the 
groundwork for today?


Illustration of Gorbachev by Rebecca Clarke

Ideals Man

by Paul Statt ’78

Gorbachev boldly made his own history, but certainly not just as he pleased.


The Scarlet Professor rehearsal. Photo by Skylhur Tranquille ’18

An Old Crime, a New Opera

by Rachel Rogol

Two Amherst professors teamed up with students and professional actors to dramatize the true, local story of a Smith faculty member’s arrest.


Screenshot from Comrade Detective

Authentically Fake

by Josh Bell ’02

What if Sylvester Stallone were a proud Romanian communist? The result would be something like this buddy-cop parody.


Illustration by John S. Dykes

Short Takes

by Katherine Duke ’05

SIT! STAY! And dog-ear these pages from Amherst alumni.


Poet Richard Wilbur in his home study

Becoming the Grand Old Man

by Tess Taylor ’00

What made Richard Wilbur ’42 the 
poet he was?