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June 14, 2004 Issue


  • Books and the Arts

    What Are They Reading?

    "If Bush gets re-elected, I'm moving to Canada!" Most of us who've vowed this, at one time or another, won't actually make good on our word.

    Kate Levin

  • Grapes of Wrath

    Several years ago, I did some reporting for a story that I wanted to write about wine and how it's advertised.

    Matthew DeBord

  • Cutting Remarks

    In 1966 Valerie Solanas moved to New York City. At 30, she was already a woman with a difficult past. Growing up in New Jersey, she was molested by her father.

    Claire Dederer

  • Philosophical Convictions

    Philosophers get attention only when they appear to be doing something sinister--corrupting the youth, undermining the foundations of civilization, sneering at all we hold dear.

    Richard Rorty

  • How the Other Half Votes

    For years the battle raged across my family's kitchen table.

    George Scialabba

  • Come Together

    There's nothing like political disaster to turn soft porn into art. What would Hiroshima, Mon Amour be without Hiroshima?

    Cristina Nehring

  • Description of a Struggle

    "You cannot take a man who was all struggle," wrote Tolstoy of Dostoyevsky, after his great rival's death, "and set him up on a monument for the instruction of posterity."

    Tim Parks

  • Top Gun

    Of the making of many books about Abraham Lincoln there is no end.

    James M. McPherson

  • Wild at Heart

    In 1947 Saul Bellow published a novel called The Victim in which a derelict character named Kirby Allbee haunts another named Asa Leventhal, claiming that Leventhal is responsible for his

    Vivian Gornick

  • The African Predicament

    Howard French has written a passionate, heartbreaking and ultimately heartbroken book about covering West Africa's blood-soaked descent into a nightmare of war and greed as a reporter for the

    Deborah Scroggins

  • Where the Wild Things Are

    There's a temptation to begin with death. The dark title of A.S. Byatt's Little Black Book of Stories suggests it; the phrase is also a riposte to D.H.

    Maria Margaronis

  • Diversity and Its Discontents

    For most of his half-century-long career, Samuel Huntington, professor of government at Harvard, has made a point of telling the US ruling elite what it has most wanted to hear.

    Daniel Lazare

  • Truly, Madly, Deeply

    It's only a little fughetta in C minor, a piece J.S. Bach wrote into a notebook he was keeping for the purpose of teaching his eldest son.

    Paul Griffiths

  • The Maharani of Muck

    Perched elegantly on an exotic throw pillow in her seaside Bombay apartment, the Arabian Sea breeze gently ruffling her long black hair, Shobhaa De looks like one of the seductresses of her many

    Miranda Kennedy

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