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June 6, 2011

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Jonathan Blitzer on Javier Cercas, Alexandra Schwartz on Daniel Orozco, and two poems by Erica Funkhouser.

Editorials

If Democrats follow Republicans in raising millions from undisclosed sources, they will undermine their moral argument for campaign finance reform.

Sure, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is innocent until proven guilty. But can’t the French elite focus for two minutes on the crime of which he is accused?

Jeremy Scahill on Erik Prince's new army, Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Israel and the Arab spring, and John Nichols on telecom's ineffective regulators.

The bottom line on bailouts for Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland must be help, not punishment.

Columns

Ignoring the real world is one of the charms of punditry.

Obama's inauguration broke racial barriers, but today most black Americans are worse off than before.

Books & the Arts

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Perfection of the life or of the work? The correspondence between W.B. Yeats and his wife George shows the complexities of art and life entwined.

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Janet Malcolm can be brutal in her judgments, but it is the casual brutality of keen observation.

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Irving Kristol was wrong about most things. So why was he one of the most politically influential intellectuals of his generation?

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In a nonfiction account of a failed coup, the novelist Javier Cercas tackles the confounding history of Spain's transition to democracy.

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Daniel Orozco, Orientation and Other Stories; Mercè Rodoreda, The Selected Stories of Mercè Rodoreda.

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The Social Animal is a deep and public embarrassment, a lumpy hybrid of fable, neuroscience and social engineering.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the May 22, 1976, issue.