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October 18, 1999 | The Nation

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October 18, 1999

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Editorials

Pat Buchanan, the man who urged Ronald Reagan to visit the Nazi cemetery at Bitburg, is no stranger to charges of anti-Semitism.

Wielding high-stakes tests, a noisy alliance of politicians, corporate CEOs and media pundits seems intent on standardizing education, proclaiming that every kid in America should march in lockst

After successfully attacking jaywalkers with curbside barriers and adult-oriented businesses with zoning curbs, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is now waging war on two fronts at once, to stamp o

Columns

Farewell, once more, J. Danforth Quayle.
Although we know it's sad to fail,
Remember, you were once obscure--
Considered lightweight, immature.

Music

Remember the bizarre daycare center "ritual abuse" trials of the
eighties--the McMartin case in Los Angeles, the Little Rascals case in
Edenton, North Carolina, the Kelly Michaels case in New J

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Books & the Arts

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In 1980, amid debates about "cleaning up" Times Square, New York City Mayor Ed Koch warned, "New York cannot and should not become Disneyland.

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Sagesse (meaning "wisdom") LaBasse, the narrator of Claire Messud's second novel, The Last Life, is French-Algerian on her father's side and American on her mother's.

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Karen Rosenberg has taught Russian literary history in the United States and Austria.

Film

To die for art: No one takes the idea seriously anymore, and yet people do it every day.