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Among his more peculiar views,
He thought all Communists were Jews.
Historians must ponder how
He managed to account for Mao.

It is now ten years since the Berlin wall crumbled, but the question of how and why the cold war was concluded still lingers.

He's not dead yet, but the spirit of Ronald Reagan is omnipresent these days, and nowhere is it more damnably profane than in politicians' relentless invocations of the Almighty.

We are entering, techno-boosters breathlessly proclaim, a "third industrial revolution," that of the "knowledge-based" or "new" economy.

Anyone who has led a discussion on the economy or trade or globalization
in this country has faced the question, Should I buy American? Sounds
simple enough.

Every Wednesday since January 1992, an indefatigable group of
halmonis (Korean for "grandmothers") in their 70s and 80s have
led a rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul.

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.

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

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

This past winter both Edwin Meese and Gen. Barry McCaffrey expressed surprising misgivings about the current direction of the War on Drugs.

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September 13, 2013

The conversation about diversity in Science Fiction & Fantasy reveals how racism constrains even imagination. 

September 10, 2013

Literary conversations are not representative of the diversity of modern letters. We can and I will do better. 

September 9, 2013

Baldwin published his first piece in The Nation, and for many years thereafter continued to attack a system he thought as close to anarchy as to martial law.

August 10, 2013

The bombing of Hiroshima changed everything; but it may not be too late to change it back.

August 3, 2013

Crucifixion was the punishment that Rome reserved for the crime of sedition.

July 25, 2013

In our first issue, just after the Civil War, we wrote that in 89 years of celebrating the Fourth of July, never before did Americans have more to rejoice about on Independence Day; in 1991, we asked 100 contributors for their definitions of patriotism.

July 4, 2013

The debate surrounding Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation is nothing new.

May 18, 2013

We’ve come a long way, but we’ve a long way to go in progress for women’s rights.

March 9, 2013