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

Findings: Let the Parties Begin

by Barbara B. Oberg


Editor's Note

A Walk Around the Block

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Autumn Issue

Our readers

Letter From …

Istanbul: The Group

Suzanne Scanlon

Commonplace Book


André Bernard



Ann Beattie

Cowboys and Indians

Louis Begley


Conflict and Culture

Langdon Hammer

Water Lilies

Peter Filkins

Nine Times Nine, on Awe

Marilyn Nelson


Caitriona O'Reilly


Robert Pinsky


The Ballad in the Street

Listening for the muffled strains of a national culture

Alan Trachtenberg

The Edgy Optimist

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

Gene Santoro

When Maestros Were Maestros

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

Janet Frank

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