In Issue 2, Deirdre Bair has a Simone de Beauvoir affair to remember. Ross Douthat feels otherworldly about fantasy master Robert Jordan. Matthew Cheney gets let down. Steven Stoll says Karl Marx had at least one capital idea. Eva Geertz of New Haven says her heart is where her home is. Jonathan Kiefer mourns his mother, who may have kept him out of Yale. Lizzie Skurnick’s poetry has something for morning, something for evening. Elizabeth Edelglass’s story is set during another war, one worth fighting. Nicholas Day offers a course on three new food books. Rudolph Delson tells us how to score with women, readers.