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Bruce Cumings decries nuclear politics in North Korea, Patricia J. Williams reflects on public fear and Peter Sacks reviews arguments against standardized testing.

Letters


TO MR. T.: LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE!

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Editorials

On a sparkling Indian summer day fifteen years ago, I was waiting in
front of the Pyongyang Hotel with a British documentary producer.

Patti Smith scanned the thousands of antiwar demonstrators who filled
Washington the day after the death of Paul Wellstone and reflected on
the enormous loss of the Minnesota senator whose last

New Yorkers: You have a choice this Election Day.

For a political solution to succeed, leaders in Washington and Moscow must delink the issue of Chechnya from the global fight against terrorism.

Columns

With sniper suspect now in jail,
DAs are fighting tooth and nail.
They're in a monumental race
To see who gets to try this case

During one pleasant dinner aboard the Nation cruise, one of my
tablemates told an amusing story about Einstein giving a lecture in
which he stated that he expected the solar system to im

Books & the Arts

Book

This is the best book yet written about the Provisional Irish Republican
Army.

Book

The day that Kenneth Rexroth died was not a dark, cold day.

Book

Debbie Nathan is an attendee of Feminist Futures, a
New York-based study group whose organizers include Leonore Tiefer.

Book

It's easy to find fault with Blue Shoe, Anne Lamott's sixth
novel.

Book

A year ago Congress overwhelmingly approved George W.

Book

Why is so much fiction written in our language and why is so much of
what is written of so little consequence?

Press

Until and unless a nonhuman animal becomes a legal person, she will
remain invisible to civil law." This quote from the legal profile in
Bark magazine's fall issue in many ways sums up

Book

"Ifavor unconditional withdrawal from the territories," says a former
head of Israel's security service, rather starkly, given his background.
It's from an interview in this edited collection o

Book

They say that war is hell, and Chris Hedges shows us how and why.
Hedges's War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning painfully and
profoundly illustrates how violent conflict destroys those i

As you are no doubt aware, First Lady Laura Bush is a former teacher and
has a master's degree in library science. This is all to the good.

Book

If Steven Pinker's latest 500-page treatise on the brain, The Blank
Slate
, serves any wider purpose in the popular discussion of science
issues, it will, one hopes, be the final demoliti

Book

"A war was about to start. Knots of wide-eyed people gathered in
courtyards, in open fields, on street corners....