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April 5, 1999 Issue


  • Features


  • When Worlds Collide

    When those in my modest circle of acquaintances learned that I was editing a Hollywood issue of The Nation, they found it either risible or irritating.

    Peter Biskind

  • Postcards From the Left

    As the limos and their glitterati cargo pull up to the Oscars ceremony this year, they may have to share a bit of screen time with a band of angry picketers.

    Marc Cooper

  • Red Fox?

    The contracts are signed, the treatment is being written and Fox Television plans to fast-track production on a ten- to twelve-hour miniseries based on lefty historian Howard Zinn's A People's

    Tom Gogola

  • American Graffiti

    It's true--and a cliché--that Hollywood films hold up a mirror to American society. It's equally true--and equally a cliché--that Hollywood films fail to reflect American society.

    Susie Linfield

  • On Movies, Money & Politics

    The Nation asked six politically active members of the entertainment community to comment on recent developments in the realms of politics and popular culture.

    Peter Biskind

  • Editorials

    The Forgotten Oscar

    In the run-up to Sunday's Oscar ceremony the focus was on Elia Kazan and whether the Motion Picture Academy was doing the right thing by honoring him with a Lifetime Achievement Award (see page 5

    Victor Navasky

  • A Nike Sneak

    On January 11 Joseph Ha, a Nike vice president, sent what he thought was a confidential letter to Cu Thi Hau, Vietnam's highest-ranking labor official.

    Eyal Press

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  • Columns

    Enter Mrs. Dole

    Elizabeth Dole is all perfection.
    She shoots one take, without exception.
    She drives her staff so no step's spared
    To get an ad-libbed speech prepared.

    Calvin Trillin

  • Books and the Arts


  • When Worlds Collide

    When those in my modest circle of acquaintances learned that I was editing a Hollywood issue of The Nation, they found it either risible or irritating.

    Peter Biskind

  • Carried Away

    My friend Dennis Paoli says there are two kinds of horror movies, and since his screenwriting credits include Re-Animator, I treat his categories with respect.

    Stuart Klawans

  • The Forgotten Oscar

    In the run-up to Sunday's Oscar ceremony the focus was on Elia Kazan and whether the Motion Picture Academy was doing the right thing by honoring him with a Lifetime Achievement Award (see page 5

    Victor Navasky

  • Postcards From the Left

    As the limos and their glitterati cargo pull up to the Oscars ceremony this year, they may have to share a bit of screen time with a band of angry picketers.

    Marc Cooper

  • Shud He Have Been a Contendah?

    The inevitable controversy--presenting name-naming film director Elia Kazan with a Lifetime Achievement Award--has unfolded like an accident waiting to happen, aggravating the Academy of Motion

    Cliff Rothman

  • Red Fox?

    The contracts are signed, the treatment is being written and Fox Television plans to fast-track production on a ten- to twelve-hour miniseries based on lefty historian Howard Zinn's A People's

    Tom Gogola

  • American Graffiti

    It's true--and a cliché--that Hollywood films hold up a mirror to American society. It's equally true--and equally a cliché--that Hollywood films fail to reflect American society.

    Susie Linfield

  • On Movies, Money & Politics

    The Nation asked six politically active members of the entertainment community to comment on recent developments in the realms of politics and popular culture.

    Peter Biskind

  • Part of Our Time, Too

    Given the late Dalton Trumbo's various claims to verbal fame--highest-paid screenwriter of his day, most vocal member of the Hollywood Ten, polemicist extraordinaire, winner under the pseudon

    Dalton Trumbo and Murray Kempton

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