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Near the end of Parallels and Paradoxes, a recent collection of
dialogues on music and society between the conductor and pianist Daniel
Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony

This essay is excerpted from E.L. Doctorow's new book, Reporting
the Universe
(Harvard).

I first heard of Jon Beckwith in the mid-1970s, in a question framed by
my genetics professor: Why would anyone willfully disrupt a research
program designed to collect useful information on hu

Though there have been scattered signs of renewed interest in Dwight
Macdonald--a biography in 1994, a collection of letters in 2002--all but a
fraction of his own writing molders unattended in

This essay will appear as an introduction in New York Review Books' new
edition of Prisoner of Love (February 2003).

Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers is Daniel
Ellsberg's story of his personal journey from being in the early 1960s a
"dedicated cold warrior" who supported America's e

Gioconda Belli--poet, novelist, society belle reborn as Sandinista
comrade--has written a memoir of the Nicaraguan struggle that reads like
a romance--a romance with politics and revolution, ce

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

A few years ago, an intellectual historian uncovered the story of Betty
Friedan's formative years as a Popular Front journalist and activist in
the 1940s.

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Ahmed Chalabi’s daughter recounts the family’s saga and the ancien regime.

March 7, 2011