Winter 2007 Issue


Editor's Note

A Walk Around the Block

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Autumn Issue

Our readers

Letters From …

Istanbul: The Group

Suzanne Scanlon

Commonplace Book


André Bernard

Book Essay

Going Native

Morris Dickstein

Book Reviews

The Historical Present

A. E. Stallings

Pleasure out of Desperation

Brenda Wineapple

Organized Violence

Charles Trueheart

Poised Between the Ancient and the New

Benjamin Balint

What if Nature Had Been Thrifty?

Daniel Reid


THE SCHOLAR AT 75: An Educated Guess

Ted Widmer

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

THE SCHOLAR AT 75: Postcards from the Past
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Richard E. Nicholls

Pressing questions and persistent vitality

Not Compassionate, Not Conservative

Ethan Fishman

A political traditionalist critiques our pseudo-conservative president

Scooter and Me

Nick Bromell

Professing liberal doubt in an age of fundamentalist fervor

Fear of Falling

James McConkey

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

Glorious Dust

Robert Roper

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


Emily Bernard

Can a friendship really end for no good reason?

Findings: Let the Parties Begin
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Barbara B. Oberg



Ann Beattie

Cowboys and Indians

Louis Begley


Conflict and Culture
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Langdon Hammer

Water Lilies
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Peter Filkins

Claude Monet, 1917

Nine Times Nine, on Awe
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Marilyn Nelson

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Caitriona O'Reilly

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Robert Pinsky


The Ballad in the Street

Alan Trachtenberg

Listening for the muffled strains of a national culture

The Edgy Optimist

Gene Santoro

At 76, saxist Sonny Rollins is still on top of his game

When Maestros Were Maestros

Janet Frank

Innovator, mentor, tyrant, Leopold Stokowski brought real joy to music making