Summer 1954 • Vol. XVI No. 3 NonfictionJuly 1, 1954 |

The Intellectual Quarterly in a Non-Intellectual Society

The title of my paper1 was suggested to me; I should not otherwise have had the temerity to choose it. For I am in no way specially qualified to be the spokesman for most of the numerous magazines that, in any literal and laudatory sense, deserve to be called intellectual publications—the larger part of which I have not even opened and could not understand if I did try to read them. Intellectual periodicals in this sense of the adjective are PMLA, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the American Review of Economics and Ecology. All of these, I am sure, require a high level of intellectual attainment on the part of both their writers and their readers, and their worthwhileness is not open to question. But I am expected to talk about the problems of certain journals called intellectual in another and often somewhat uncomplimentary sense. They are best defined by enumeration: in this country they include, along with others, the Partisan, Sewanee, Hudson and Kenyon Revie

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