A determined probe beneath the surface of American culture brings up some questionable treasures and a good deal of muck. Responding to the ""American experience"" here are a number of thoughtful citizens who pursue different paths. The state of the movies; why our middle-aged ""young writers"" exist as such; TV's key to new ideals in the populace; the reasons behind the popularity of The Caine Mutiny; the psychopathology of Time and Life; the psychoanalysis and the writer; the evolving comic strip and its significance, what Greenwich Village stood for -- those are some of the topics that emerge from the pens of the many contributors. Lionel Trilling writes on The Kinsey Report. Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. on the highbrow in American politics. Many of the articles have appeared previously in Partisan Review, Commentary, Neurotica and The American Mercury A stimulant for the student of the American scene.