Few traditions are more American than freedom of speech and the right to
Americans who oppose the Cheney-Bush junta demonstrate sanity, not cowardice.
In the current national climate, the notion that Washington might learn
from the experience of former Soviet leaders Nikita Khrushchev or
Mikhail Gorbachev would strike most as ludicrous.
It is agonizingly difficult to write about one's hometown as it drowns
in flames and suffocates with smoke.
Victor Navasky's Naming Names (Hill & Wang) was
recently reissued in paperback with a new afterword.
The Nation announces the winners of Discovery/The Nation, the
Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prize of the Unterberg Poetry Center, 92nd
International cinema has an irresistible new pair of reprobates:
middle-aged brothers who can do no right in their lives and no wrong
before the camera.
Nina Simone, who died at the age of 70 in late April at her home in the
south of France, was the Pasionaria of American song in the civil rights
This essay is excerpted from E.L. Doctorow's new book, Reporting
the Universe (Harvard).