The American Scholar

Jul 17

A reading enthusiast lists his favorite 100 American novels (we were pleased to see Yates on the list). Some of his picks may surprise you.

A reading enthusiast lists his favorite 100 American novels (we were pleased to see Yates on the list). Some of his picks may surprise you.

Jul 14

Ben Yagoda lists seven things writers can learn from standup comedians today in Writing Lessons.

Ben Yagoda lists seven things writers can learn from standup comedians today in Writing Lessons.

Jul 01

Try your hand at our crowdsourced sonnet, curated by Best American Poetry series editor David Lehman. We’re on line 10 of the sonnet that began, “How like a prison is my cubicle.”
(Photo by Flickr user gnuckx)

Try your hand at our crowdsourced sonnet, curated by Best American Poetry series editor David Lehman. We’re on line 10 of the sonnet that began, “How like a prison is my cubicle.”

(Photo by Flickr user gnuckx)

Jun 19

Remembering Algeria’s return to the World Cup: Letter from Algeria

Remembering Algeria’s return to the World Cup: Letter from Algeria

A summer reading list from The Scholar. What books are on your list?

A summer reading list from The Scholar. What books are on your list?

Jun 13

The world was my oyster. So said my father, anyway, on those nights when he’d been drinking and we were cruising around in his two-tone Buick Riviera.Read Stephen Goodwin’s memory of his father dropping him off at college, Father’s Day.

The world was my oyster. So said my father, anyway, on those nights when he’d been drinking and we were cruising around in his two-tone Buick Riviera.

Read Stephen Goodwin’s memory of his father dropping him off at college, Father’s Day.

Jun 04

In this rare, beautiful essay, a doctor opens up about the pain of seeing patients die, of self-doubt, and of decades spent in hospitals.

In this rare, beautiful essay, a doctor opens up about the pain of seeing patients die, of self-doubt, and of decades spent in hospitals.

For anyone who has ever hunted for an apartment in New York City: We love this essay by Martha McPhee, just unlocked on our website.

For anyone who has ever hunted for an apartment in New York City: We love this essay by Martha McPhee, just unlocked on our website.

May 25

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May 20

Novelist and short story writer Ha Jin, twice a winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, speaks out against China’s censorship in The Censor in the Mirror.

Novelist and short story writer Ha Jin, twice a winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, speaks out against China’s censorship in The Censor in the Mirror.