Wonder Bread

Come with us to a place called Brooklyn, where the stories are half-baked and their endings bland and soft

by Melvin Jules Bukiet

Unto Caesar

Religious groups that have allied themselves with politicians, and vice versa, have ignored at their peril the lessons of Roger Williams and U.S. history

by Ethan Fishman

The Trojan War

Now even some environmentalists are supporting the use of nuclear power to generate electricity. One man’s story suggests the industry can’t be trusted

by William Nichols

Poetry Stand

How a precocious group of high school poets learned to provide verse on demand

by Diana Goetsch

Lady of the Lake

Writer Brenda Ueland and the story she never shared

by Alice Kaplan

Apologies All Around

Today's tendency to make amends for the crimes of history raises the question: where do we stop?

by Gorman Beauchamp

Findings: Amateurism

From the Spring 1976 issue of The Scholar

by William Haley


Editor's Note


Robert Wilson


Response to Our Summer Issue

Our readers

Commonplace Book


Anne Matthews

Book Reviews

The Genius and Her Sanctuary

Catharine R. Stimpson

Atonality and Beyond

Sudip Bose

The Early End of Consensus

Jill Ogline

Swept Away

Anthony Brandt

Nurtural Intelligence

Richard Restak

Words and Music

Jennifer Michael Hecht


The Nursery

Kirsten Sundberg Lunstrum


Louise Glück’s Italy of the Mind

On a classical stage peopled by workers, wives, and lovers

Langdon Hammer

Four Poems

Louise Glück


Good Thing Going

Stephen Sondheim only looks better with time

Wendy Smith

Death on the Installment Plan

Growing old gracefully the Rolling Stones way

Jon Zobenica

Tuning Up


The war in Iraq might leave us a new word to match a new sense of our own limitations

Cullen Murphy