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This article is adapted from a lecture that was part of a
series on self-censorship in the media given at New York University. The
lecture series is being published this month in The Business of
Journalism (New Press).
What's the meaning of Al Gore? Or George Bush?
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.