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The plagiarism flap over Opal Mehta is essentially a story
about clichés and stereotypes passing from one subliterary commercial
product to another.

New scholarship sheds light on Osama bin Laden's rhetoric, charisma and complex religious and political vision.

The Berkeley law professor's carte blanche constitutionalism was a gift
to the Bush Administration, offering legalistic justifications for
lawless behavior.

Performance artist Karen Finley answers questions about politics,
satire and her new book, a fantasy affair between George W. Bush and
Martha Stewart.

'Hello, Goodbye' is now just goodbye.

Jerome Charyn's Savage Shorthand: The Life and Death of Isaac
Babel
examines the life the revolutionary idealist murdered by
Stalin in 1940 and explodes the literary myths that have thus far
defined his works.

Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost plumbs the
mysteries of losing oneself and finding oneself in the realm of the
utter unknown.

By writing a novel about a conventional novelist writing about a
conventional man, J.M. Coetzee's latest work illuminates the role of
the novel and cuts through typical and tired theories on fiction.

The quiet purposefulness that characterized Rosa Parks's actions bears eloquent witness to the power of her protest.

Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men seems designed as a calculated assault on the reader.

Blogs

"We know we are beautiful. And ugly too."

May 22, 2015

“Boy, what you got to smile about? You in jail, you know.” “Sheriff,” he answered, “you just wouldn’t understand. I’m smiling because I’m free.”

May 21, 2015

"A marvelous achievement was accomplished in a faultless manner by a young American who embodies within himself the finest American characteristics."

May 20, 2015

“This is the story of a man struck down on his way to becoming a revolutionary and a liberator of his people.”

May 19, 2015

"I regard the principle of conscription of life as a flat contradiction of all our cherished ideals of individual freedom, democratic liberty, and Christian teaching."

May 18, 2015

"The decision was a fine antidote to the blight of McCarthyism and kindred fevers."

May 17, 2015

"A vast enthusiasm for new laws and a vast indifference after their enactment is very much the American [way]."

May 16, 2015

“A gender (or racial) breakthrough at the top of any powerful institution is a welcome sight. But…”

May 15, 2015

"Jewish authorities...have set up an agency to control the properties of Arabs who fled as the Jews took over; businesses are being managed where possible; vineyards and other farms are being tended and their produce used, but the assets conserved for the legal owners."

May 14, 2015

“His face was puffed and sore. He dabbed his eyes with a handkerchief, revealing bruised knuckles. …He sat dazed, stupefied from punishment. Again he dabbed his eyes.”

May 13, 2015