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In the Fall Books special, Norman Kelley examines the life of Stokely Carmichael; Adam Haslett hails Gore Vidal's "The City and the Pillar" and Keith Gessen critiques Martin Amis.

Letters


TRIP DOWN (BRICK) MEMORY LANE

Los Angeles

Editorials

The signs all over the store proclaiming Everyday Low Prices look the
same (except that they're printed in Chinese), as do the neatly dressed
"associates" patrolling the selling floor.

Be careful what you wish for.

No single endorsement, save that of next July's party convention, will
decide the winner of what remains a remarkably unsettled race for the
Democratic presidential nomination.

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision in favor of gay
marriage may have set off a political earthquake, but as a matter of law
it was a no-brainer.

The quagmire in Iraq seems to deepen by the week, with the guerrilla
resistance growing stronger and more sophisticated.

Columns

"Iwouldn't ask him to escort my daughter to her senior prom," explained
one of the jurors who in mid-November acquitted Robert Durst of
murdering his quarrelsome neighbor, Morris Black.

This city has been the November host of a global tyrant, on whose
rampages the sun never sets. His name is not George Bush but Rupert
Murdoch.

At first, we thought we should be glad
To have a nanny for the lad--
Young Bush, who might be overawed,
Who'd barely even been abroad,

Articles

The mega-retailer has set its sights on the urban market, but the living-wage movement is putting up a fight.

The final FTAA declaration essentially lays out a road map for a free-trade non-agreement.

To Londoners, even many who did not oppose the war, Bush's visit felt like an assertion of absolute, arrogant power.

Media reports out of the Miami trade talks this week will no doubt
feature images of our carrot-topped lead negotiator, Robert Zoellick,
locked in toothy handshakes with Latin American counterp

Books & the Arts

Book

John Berger, best known for the essay collection Ways of Seeing, is
not a timid writer. His oeuvre comprises novels, poems, criticism and
plays.

Book

It's a cliché to say that an artist draws his power from his
contradictions, but the lives of the great composers provide easy grist
for the mill.

Book

Martin Amis is the most condescended-to novelist of his time. He is also
one of the most literate, funny, quotable and (this the condescenders
never neglect to mention) talented.

Book

While filming in Western Australia in May 1999, the critic Robert Hughes
survived--barely--a head-on collision with another car.

Book

Most biographies of literary figures are a wonderful substitute for
actually having to read the work.

Book

"We now live in a culture that's hyperaware of the construction and
manipulation of images in politics," David Greenberg writes in
Nixon's Shadow.

Book

How we miss Martha Gellhorn, and how we need her right now!

Book

In the annals of American politics Winning Modern Wars is an
unusual book.

Book

In January 1948 Dutton brought out the third novel of a promising young
writer named Gore Vidal. The publishing house was nervous.

Book

On the page, Patricia Highsmith could inspire a law-abiding citizen to
become a willing accomplice to murder, at least within the realm of the
imagination.

Book

Who can recall the late Stokely Carmichael's first name and not
associate it with the two most incendiary words of the 1960s, Black
Power?