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December 10, 2007 Issue

Cover art by: Cover art and illustration by Doug Chayka; design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels


  • Books and the Arts

    Pointe Work

    Nureyev: The Life brings new focus to an iconic figure of modern ballet.

    Marina Harss

  • Many Exits

    Philip Roth's Exit Ghost considers whether we're astonished by death or the life that precedes it.

    Matt Weiland

  • The Nijinsky of Ambivalence

    During a Vietnam War protest, Norman Mailer blustered and banged a generation's experience through his prodigious ego.

    Morris Dickstein

  • Love by a Thousand Cuts

    Museums can't get enough of Kara Walker, whose silhouettes of the history of slavery seem to be a nightmare she's trying to enjoy.

    Barry Schwabsky

  • A Colder War

    Richard Rhodes's Arsenals of Folly, sequel to the book that defined the atomic age, captures the political struggle that brought it to an end.

    Jonathan Schell

  • Underworlds

    Gangsters have guns and muscle, but a good writer always gets the last word.

    Henry Farrell

  • Terra Incognita

    A mosaic of anecdotes and historical snapshots surveys the sociological diversity of France, past and present.

    Ruth Scurr

  • Beyond the Veil

    A new book examines headscarf hysteria and the politics of identity in contemporary France.

    Laila Lalami

  • Deal Breakers

    Two new books seek to galvanize progressives at a key political moment: Paul Krugman's The Conscience of a Liberal and Jonathan Chait's The Big Con.

    Kim Phillips-Fein

  • Studs’s People

    For Studs Terkel, the touchstone is memory and speech the stuff of which his art is made.

    Harry Maurer

  • Moyers & FDR

    When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President, my father knew he had a friend in the White House. We should rekindle that spirit today.

    Bill Moyers

  • Song of the Andoumboulou: 77

     A new name remembering
      thirteen dead was on the box.
    One of seven sets of twins to

    Nathaniel Mackey

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