Fall 1982



Fall 1982

Table of Contents


A Word for the Unspeakable

American Theater Watch, 1981–1982

Being and Judaism

Famous Mythical Beasts: Olaf Stapledon and H. G. Wells

The Reader as Protagonist in Kierkegaard’s Narrative Labyrinth

Translating the Past: Literary Allusions as Covert Criticism


How an Ape in Purple Met Jock of the Park

Sample’s Crossing

The Zen Master


A Winter Visit



Bedtime Story


Divine Propositions

Fighting Death


Glen Allen Delvo

Hidden Justice

It’s Nice to Think of Tears

Museum of Her Leaving

My Guardian Angel Stein

Receiving the Stigmata

Storm Warning

Taking the Milk to Grandmother

The Assessment

The Hum

The Mushroom-Eaters

The Printer


Two-Way Stretch


on Laurel and Thorn: The Athlete in American Literature by Robert J. Higgs

on The Astonished Traveler: William Darby, Frontier Geographer and Man of Letters by J. Gerald Kennedy

on The Genius of Wilhelm Busch: Comedy of Frustration by Walter Arndt

Poems in Open Forms (on These Green-Going-to-Yellow by Marvin Bell; Dream Flights by Dave Smith; Flood by William Matthews; One for the Rose by Philip Levine)

Poetry Is Alive and Well in Ireland (on Contemporary Irish Poetry: An Anthology by Anthony Bradley; Poems, 1965-1975 by Seamus Heaney; Field Work by Seamus Heaney; Poems, 1956-1973 by Thomas Kinsella; Peppercanister Poems, 1972-1978 by Thomas Kinsella; Selected Poems by John Montague)

The Extra Skin That Language Can Give: Recent Collections of Short Stories (on What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver; The Short Hall by James B. Hall; Stories Up to a Point by Bette Pesetsky; In the Land of Dreamy Dreams by Ellen Gilchrist; The Best American Short Stories: 1981 by Hortense Calisher, Shannon Ravenel; Fine Lines: The Best of Ms. Fiction by Ruth Sullivan)

The Magazine That Failed: The “Partisan Review” Crowd in Retrospect (on The Truants: Adventures Among the Intellectuals by William Barrett)