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December 8, 2008 | The Nation

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December 8, 2008

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

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Torie Osborn on Proposition 8, Alexander Cockburn on the economy, Christine Smallwood on geography.

Letters


Working to Drop the Rock

New York City

Editorials

Obama's too smart to allow the ideas of the past to define his presidency. Yet Timothy Geithner is an architect and enabler of the unfolding crisis.

Toni Morrison, Victor Navasky and Gene Seymour remember a noted author, editor, critic and all-around stellar human being.

If the courts don't overturn Proposition 8, expect an initiative challenging it to appear on a California ballot.

Kristina Rizga on harnessing young voters' energy, Stephen Duncombe on a spoof edition of the New York Times

Obama should make a serious campaign swing through Georgia to get out the vote for Senate hopeful Jim Martin.

No more free money from Washington. No more masters of the universe. No more business as usual.

What should W. do after leaving office? Enter our contest and win an Edward Sorel cartoon.

Columns

TruthDig

Obama, who promised change, has put the same old Wall Street hustlers on his economic team. Maybe he could send us an e-mail to explain.

Howl

Wall Street was buoyed by the appointment of Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. But that can't offset worries that deflation will compound our economic woes.

Billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has been accused of insider trading. Is he guilty or just a target because of his larger-than-life persona and populist appeal?

Music

Finally, a prochoice president. Here are five ways to solidify his position.

If America loses its domestic auto industry, 5 percent of the workforce may be on the street. Don't workers need a bailout, too?

Team of rivals for the twenty-first century.

Articles

Taking on the Pentagon, with its mega-budget and its mega-power, may be the hardest task Barack Obama faces.

In this last episode we mostly wrap things up, but leave a few strange matters for earthly or cosmic interpretation.

Books & the Arts

Book

James Wood may be the best literary critic we have, but the status he enjoys reveals just how far we have fallen.

Book

The intimate friendship of Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson takes wing in two new books.

The Nobel Prize-winning author talks about Barack Obama, the writer; language; and her new novel, A Mercy.

Book

Biographer Patrick French offers a vivid, sometimes enthralling portrait of a deeply enigmatic writer.

Book

What possessed the fierce individualist George R. Stewart to compile a history of place-naming in the United States?

Book

Roberto Bolaño's last novel, 2666, is his most profound exploration of art and infamy, craft and crime, the writer and the totalitarian state.

Crossword


ACROSS

 1 Possibly senile, but that's one way to store things. (6)