Dispatches from the Editor

Prose With A Purpose

Editor Gerald Early welcomes readers to The Common Reader, Washington University in St. Louis’s new interdisciplinary journal, with a full menu of articles about issues of the day, and special events in the future.

From The Devil’s Dictionary

Even before the Internet, and even before Goerge Orwell, Ambrose Bierce’s classic The Devil’s Dictionary taught us how to see through the veil of language to words’ true meanings, which are always open to interpretation.

Black History in March? No Good

Why March is the month of my Black History memories, the truth about the Sonny Liston-Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) championship fight, and The Common Reader comes into being.