The American Scholar

Sep 29

What’s the worst opening line of a book? We offer these 10 bad beginnings, some from A-listers like Philip Roth, John Updike, and Doris Lessing.

What’s the worst opening line of a book? We offer these 10 bad beginnings, some from A-listers like Philip Roth, John Updike, and Doris Lessing.

Sep 26

Web exclusive: Journalist Clare Morgana Gillis remembers her capture in Libya with James Foley. Photo by Manu Brabo.

Web exclusive: Journalist Clare Morgana Gillis remembers her capture in Libya with James Foley. Photo by Manu Brabo.

Indian Prime Minister Modi arrives in the United States this week. In our current issue, novelist Murzban Shroff questions Modi about the recent threat to the arts in India, where some books are censored and destroyed.

Indian Prime Minister Modi arrives in the United States this week. In our current issue, novelist Murzban Shroff questions Modi about the recent threat to the arts in India, where some books are censored and destroyed.

Sep 24

Happy birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald. As he once wrote, “Youth is unfortunately not a permanent condition of life.”
To celebrate, read Living on $500,000 a Year, an investigation of Scott and Zelda’s tax returns, by William J. Quirk.

Happy birthday, F. Scott Fitzgerald. As he once wrote, “Youth is unfortunately not a permanent condition of life.”

To celebrate, read Living on $500,000 a Year, an investigation of Scott and Zelda’s tax returns, by William J. Quirk.

Sep 10

What’s wrong with getting everything we want? In our new cover story, Paul Roberts suggests, “It was only by enduring adversity, disappointment, and delayed gratification that humans gained the strength, knowledge, and perspective that are essential to sustainable mastery.” Take that, same-day delivery.

What’s wrong with getting everything we want? In our new cover story, Paul Roberts suggests, “It was only by enduring adversity, disappointment, and delayed gratification that humans gained the strength, knowledge, and perspective that are essential to sustainable mastery.” Take that, same-day delivery.

Sep 09

The Last Works of Conrad, Dostoyevsky, Gide … Every writer eventually faces the question: Is there anything left to say?

The Last Works of Conrad, Dostoyevsky, Gide … Every writer eventually faces the question: Is there anything left to say?

Sep 05

Today Brian Doyle remembers a moment at a New York City automat in All Possible Pie: “My father laughed the way he still laughs to this day, like a mountain rumbling with amusement.”

Today Brian Doyle remembers a moment at a New York City automat in All Possible Pie: “My father laughed the way he still laughs to this day, like a mountain rumbling with amusement.”

Aug 26

"In the half-century since that crazy night, I have often contemplated how different American and world history would have been if we had stayed at the judge’s house for yet another drink."
—Ernest Fergurson, LBJ’s Wild Ride, a favorite from our archive

"In the half-century since that crazy night, I have often contemplated how different American and world history would have been if we had stayed at the judge’s house for yet another drink."

Ernest Fergurson, LBJ’s Wild Ride, a favorite from our archive

Aug 25

Imagine receiving writing advice from your idol. In today’s Writing Lessons, biographer Annette Gordon-Reed remembers a key moment with James Baldwin.

Imagine receiving writing advice from your idol. In today’s Writing Lessons, biographer Annette Gordon-Reed remembers a key moment with James Baldwin.

Aug 14

Headed to a class reunion this year? Read Willard Spiegelman’s Proust Goes to the Country Club, just unlocked from our Summer 2014 issue.

Headed to a class reunion this year? Read Willard Spiegelman’s Proust Goes to the Country Club, just unlocked from our Summer 2014 issue.