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June 7, 2010 | The Nation

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June 7, 2010

Cover: Cover illustration by Doug Chayka, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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The Editors on lessons from the primaries, Scott Sherman on a new collection of interviews from the Paris Review, and Lorna Scott Fox on Herta Müller.

Editorials

After May 18's primaries, it's clear: despite all the Tea Party talk, there's as much turbulence among Democrats as Republicans.
 

We can't get financial reform on the scale we need without embarrassing people.

Will Social Security become President Obama's sacrificial lamb?

Three thousand Americans, imprisoned for being "sexually dangerous," are locked up not for what they've done but for what someone fears they will do.

Books & the Arts

Book

For Herta Müller, writing is not a matter of trusting, but rather of the honesty of the deceit.

Book

Post-independence cinema in Nigeria has been swept aside by Nollywood, a video CD industry with a cable-access aesthetic and a penchant for stories about violence and corruption.

Book

Ayn Rand was a melodramatist of the moral life: the battle is between the producer and the moochers, and it must end in life or death.

How Barack Obama has fashioned a personal and political identity by treating the history of the civil rights movement as a usable past.

Poetry

Nothing is simple in the poems of James Schuyler, not even the formal austerity of looking out a window.

Book

Though a new four-volume compilation of Paris Review interviews is filled with riches, it is tailored to the tastes of a polite literary culture.

Crossword

This puzzle originally appeared in the June 7, 1975, issue.