The new issue of Harvard magazine includes this excellent profile of John Matteson and his book, Eden's Outcasts, a double biography of Louisa May Alcott and her father, Bronson Alcott. (Before he became an English professor and Pulitzer prize-winning author, Matteson was a lawyer, and he is a Harvard Law School graduate. (Please do not confuse him with the Professor John Matteson involved in this story.)
John Griswold (alias "Oronte Churm") has published a moving essay about a mentor, writer John Balaban, in War, Literature & the Arts.
And in the realm of freelancing, Michelle Rafter offers signs that a magazine is in trouble.