Fall 2021 / Volume 23 / No. 3


Exploring the evolution, uses, and effects of the distinctly modern cultural ideal of authenticity.

Table of Contents

From the Editor

From the Editor

Jay Tolson

Notes & Comments

The Critic’s Critic

Richard Hughes Gibson

Awareness Daze

Phoebe Maltz Bovy

Stacked Deck

Jonathan Malesic

Thematic Essays—Authenticity

Masks Off

Charlie Riggs

Authenticity in Fashion

Richard Thompson Ford

Chasing Phillis Wheatley

Tara A. Bynum

Anything But True Love

Talbot Brewer

The Fake Book of Negroes

Gerald Early

How to Be Yourself

Joseph E. Davis

My Identity Problem

Alan Shapiro


Another City

Charles Mathewes

You’re Not the Boss of Me

Rita Koganzon

Book Reviews

Sisyphus Gets a Prescription

Carl Elliott

The House Always Wins

Malloy Owen

Myths Have Their Reasons…

Isaac Ariail Reed

A Happier Enlightenment

Richard Hughes Gibson

From Hard Hats to Scrubs

Colin Gordon

Power in the Blood

Brad East



B.D. McClay