David Blight: “When Moses sent the Israelites across the Jordan, he instructed them to put up memory stones to mark their journey and their story. Americans have put up more than their share of memory stones, and are just now living through a profound process of deciding which ones will remain.”

Michael Robbins on a passage by James Wright: “It is easy to feel that, if fetal alcohol syndrome could write poetry, it would write this poetry.”

“Against such a wild beast another beast was needed, also wild but more just.”

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