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December 13, 2010 | The Nation

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December 13, 2010

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Samuel Zipp on Ed Koch, Aaron Thier on Julia Holmes and Leon Friedman on the deficit

Editorials

GOP leaders are going to the mat for the wealthy while abandoning those who lost their jobs because of Wall Street's recklessness.

Instead of cutting benefits for the poor, how about taxing the total household wealth of the rich?

Tom Engelhardt on Chalmers Johnson; Denise Di Stephan on fair pay

As the holiday rush approaches, take yourself out of the fast lane.

Columns

The pope has said both men and women can use condoms to protect themselves from HIV.  Can he now say that women can use them to protect themselves from the dangers of pregnancy?

As American life becomes more and more like reality television, could product placement of a candidate become the surest route to the presidency?

Books & the Arts

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For William James, all our certitudes depend on the pretense that there are no radical mysteries underlying them.

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Julia Holmes's Meeks is a novel full of a jittery sadness and an uncontrollable kind of joy.

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Drollery, mordancy, tenderness and soul talk: Saul Bellow's letters are a Saul Bellow novel!
 

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Robert Gottlieb's vigorous biography of Sarah Bernhardt shows the actress in all her workaholic, passionate and unsentimental force.

Poem

Translated from the Greek by Anne Carson

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Susie Linfield's The Cruel Radiance is a demanding and flawed attempt to regard the pain of others through photographs.

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Ed Koch rebuilt New York City by demolishing its long-running experiments in urban liberalism.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the December 13, 1975, issue.