The American Scholar

The Quiet Sideman

Tenor saxist ‘Chu’ Berry emerged from the pack at the end of his short life.

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Magic on the Mind

Physicists’ use of metaphor.

Rimbaud Rules

The patron saint of rock singers and revolutionaries remains iconic more than a century after his death.

Genocide without Apology

Parsing the Book of Exodus.

Going Home, Going Away

At a 50th high school reunion, a well-known traveler recalls his pride in the hometown he was so eager to leave behind.

The Dispossessed

First we stopped noticing members of the working class, and now we’re convinced they don’t exist.

The Salome Factor

How the sexualization of concert dance helped end a golden age.

The True Church

Appreciating Alcoholics Anonymous’ spiritual dimension.

Santa Rosa Island, 1998

Recollections of a simple cowboy life.

A Jew in the Northwest

Exile, ethnicity, and the search for the perfect futon.


Who really killed Abdur, an Afghan goatherd-turned-informant?

Uncommon Sense

Remembering Jane Jacobs, who wrote the 20th century’s most influential book about cities.

The Cook’s Son

The death of a young man, long ago in Africa, continues to raise questions with no answers.

Love on Campus

Why we should understand, and even encourage, a certain sort of erotic intensity between student and professor.

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Solitude and Leadership

If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts.

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers.