Volume 97, Number 3
The Fall issue features a portfolio by the artist Alicja Wróblewska, whose beguilingly vivid sculptures give shape to the impact of consumer plastics on the world’s oceans. Reporting by Lois Parshley examines the fallout of neglected radioactive waste in Washington state, and how its mismanagement is part of a larger pattern of neglect across of the country. Emily Maloney reflects on the complicated origins of the opioid crisis in an essay that also looks to what might lie ahead for both chronic-pain sufferers and doctors alike. The fiction rides three distinct waves of tension—through dissolution, reunion, and fragile creatures. Erin Thompson wades into the debate surrounding Confederate monuments. Other content includes work from Deb Lucke, Lenore Myka, and SeongEun Macfarlane; essays by James McWilliams and Raj Telhan; and poetry by Anders Carlson-Wee, Didi Jackson, Sally Wen Mao, Michael Martella, and Jason Schneiderman.