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Norman Rush's first novel, Mating (1991), opens with a nervous
but gripping epigram: "In Africa, you want more, I think." The speaker,
an unnamed American anthropologist who doesn't want

You would hope that the passage of fifty years might have cleared the
passions that once inflamed the Rosenberg case.

Toward the end of his memoir, My Brother's Keeper, Amitai Etzioni
recounts meeting with the political consultant Dick Morris.

A few years in Washington, DC, snake-oil capital of the universe, and
you begin to think that anything can be packaged as something else.
Well, almost anything.

When Tokyo took over Manchuria, its propagandists spoke of
"liberation."

Robert Kaplan is a hugely well-informed, indefatigable journalist who
combines firsthand reporting, mostly from poor, badly governed or
ungoverned countries, with wide reading on the political,

This is your passport I hold in my hand:

a hemisphere, half red ink, half blue--

as yet untorched by terror, but polluted

James Wood, the ferociously intelligent critic whose reviews appear
regularly in The New Republic and the London Review of
Books
, has single-handedly done a great deal to improve

Lew Wasserman, who died last summer at 89, was not only the most
powerful and influential man in Hollywood over the past half-century but
also the most enigmatic.

Editor's Note: With Leonard Kriegel's meditation on Saul Bellow's
1953 novel
The Adventures of Augie March, we introduce a series
of occasional essays revisiting classic works of literature, history and
criticism.

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