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This brief essay is taken from the latest book by Amos Oz, The Story Begins: Essays on Literature (Harcourt Brace).

Upon his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison left behind some 2,000 pages of a never-finished second novel--more than forty years of fine-tuning what his literary executor, John F.

There was quite an astonishing little item in the paper recently about the sort of thing that makes me glad I grew up in the inner city: i.e., the national proliferation of "assassination games"

James Neal is a short, muscular man with close-cropped hair who has spent the past twelve years behind bars for armed robbery.

Like virtually everyone else in San Carlos, Ecuador, Hugo Ureña never imagined that danger might lurk in the shiny black liquid that began appearing in the water near his home roughly thi

The unfortunate flaw in From the Telegraph to the Internet is its title, which suggests a highly specialized account of an industry when in fact it is a deeply moving narrative of a commi

Dylan Klebold "is intelligent enough to make any dream a reality," a juvenile court counselor wrote last year.

In the past ten years, nationalist, communalist and religious fundamentalist social movements have surfaced all over the world, moving into the power vacuum created as local elites have been over

As New York City braces itself for the trials of two sets of police officers accused in the injury of Abner Louima and the death of Amadou Diallo, perhaps it's time to cull a list of things we ha

There's a scene in The Godfather when Clemenza, anticipating the outbreak of a full-scale war between the families, nonchalantly remarks to young Mikey Corleone: "This thing's gotta happen

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A billionaire gets zinged by a local newspaper with a modest readership and then proceeds to trivialize the Holocaust and blackmail the paper with financial Armageddon. All in a day’s work for Washington football team owner Dan Snyder.

February 2, 2011

The famous author and web skeptic emerged on Wednesday, arguing that Egypt's protests do not undermine his famous beef with online organizing.

February 2, 2011

What does the new direct-to-the-public approach championed by WikiLeaks mean for journalism? 

February 2, 2011

Obama pledged to deliver "Medicare for all," should he have stuck with that?

February 2, 2011

Cables on State Dept security environment questionnaires sent to embassies in Tunisia and Egypt, FBI hunt for Anonymous members escalates, and Assange talks about daily civilian casualties being "the car crashes of war." 

February 2, 2011

As we speak, Egypt is struggling with near-total Internet and communications shut-off, and not just Egyptians are grappling with the implications. Can the flow of social media information to an entire country simply be cut? Apparently, yes. And that's not just an Egyptian concern.

February 1, 2011

So what sparked the rift with Assange?

February 1, 2011

As Republicans attack the new healthcare law, those up to the age of 26 who are still under their parent's health insurance plan could lose coverage.

February 1, 2011

The latest on Egypt and WikiLeaks, Stuxnet, Bradley Manning, and hundreds of Libyan Cables released.

February 1, 2011

The radical ruling virtually assures that the US Supreme Court will take the case.

January 31, 2011