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What makes an American writer? In today's narrow, backlashed literary
market the chain of command is quite clear. The "greats" are Updike,
Pynchon, Mailer, Bellow and Roth.

An article in the financial section of the New York Observer this
spring described a company named NetJ.com Corporation.

This time none of that lollygagging elusiveness that began The English Patient.

In June 1948 George Kennan, director of the State Department's policy planning staff, drafted National Security Directive NSC-10/2.

Maurice Isserman's The Other American: The Life of Michael Harrington evokes and will enrich the legacy of the last great American socialist in the tradition of Eugene Debs and Norman Thom

"A university," poet John Ciardi acidly observed, "is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students." Add this contemporary counterpunch: A college is what a university becom

Asked where he was coming from, my friend's son replied, "From the demo against the death of Sartre." It was April 19, 1980, and the definition fitted perfectly, for Sartre's funeral, attended by

You will recall that when Augie March went to Mexico, he hooked up with an eagle, which he called Caligula.

Perhaps one of the most fatuous theories ever promulgated was Francis Fukuyama's "End of History," put forth just as, in most parts of the world, history resumed its sanguinary progress as soon a

With the twenty-fifth anniversary of the American withdrawal from Vietnam hard upon us, readers and viewers may well be treated to a multitude of reprises of the arguments surrounding the war and

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In one film, grateful black people; in the other, the vengeful ones.

December 25, 2012

How do you rhyme “Obama” with “Yokahama”?

December 16, 2012

Some details in Skyfall are just too silly to accept.

November 29, 2012

From Barbara Ehrenreich to Paul Wellstone, changemakers fighting for equality are the real American heroes. 

October 15, 2012

During his Congressional run in 1960, the late writer and Nation contributor fired back at a less-than-friendly newspaper publisher.

October 8, 2012

Nader’s The Seventeen Solutions is a subversive primer that should be read in every high school civics class.

October 4, 2012

The End of Men’s prediction of an American matriarchy fails to define what that would actually entail.

October 2, 2012

This Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival is one of the country's most celebrated celebrations of books, reading and independent publishing.

September 19, 2012

Todd Akin, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan all have me thinking of June Jordan’s great “Poem about My Rights.”

August 22, 2012