Winter 2007


THE SCHOLAR AT 75: An Educated Guess

Who knew that mixing the intelligent and the idiosyncratic would yield a long life for a certain small quarterly?

by Ted Widmer

THE SCHOLAR AT 75: Postcards from the Past

Pressing questions and persistent vitality

by Richard E. Nicholls

Not Compassionate, Not Conservative

A political traditionalist critiques our pseudo-conservative president

by Ethan Fishman

Scooter and Me

Professing liberal doubt in an age of fundamentalist fervor

by Nick Bromell

Fear of Falling

Working in the mop-and-bucket brigade in college created the perspectives of a lifetime

by James McConkey

Glorious Dust

The posthumous masterwork of an influential black historian tells how slavery itself undermined the Confederacy

by Robert Roper


Can a friendship really end for no good reason?

by Emily Bernard


Book Essay

Going Native

When American literature became good enough for Americans, what happened to the literary canon?

Morris Dickstein

Book Reviews

The Historical Present

Robert Fagle's bold solutions to the problem of Virgil

A. E. Stallings

Pleasure out of Desperation

Thomas Eakins, yearning for the ideal in a materialistic age

Brenda Wineapple

Organized Violence

In the last century, where did warfare end and genocide begin?

Charles Trueheart

Poised Between the Ancient and the New

Benjamin Balint

What if Nature Had Been Thrifty?

Daniel Reid