New World Writing. the famous paperback liberary anthology of more or less experimental writing which flourished in the Fifties and faded in the early Sixties, has risen from its ashes, hopefully like the Phoenix, in new and streamlined garb, under the editorship of Theodore Solotaroff, late of Commentary. and now called New American Review. Well, the first issue is solid and respectable and entertaining, but hardly revolutionary; indeed, there's absolutely nothing here that couldn't have found its way into the pages of the popular quarterlies. The most uninspired business is the poetry: almost all the specimens are lackluster or merely competent. The essays range from the topical (Stanley Kauffmann's postmortem on his recent expulsion from the Times; Richard Gilman having his say about the MacBird vogue) to more weighty considerations (Conor Cruise O'Brien's sharp contrasting of Burke and Marx; an excellent summary of academic somnolence; a spirited meditation on the generational gap; a fanciful, if earnest, memoir of Mailer). What saves the day is the fiction: all substantial, potent pieces, especially the more innovating work of Grace Paley and William Gass, and Philip Roth's tour de force on Jewish adolescence. Finally, Benjamin DeMott and George Dennison on homosexual art--brainy, vigorous, wholly first-rate performances.