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Books & the Arts


  • June 17, 1999

    Indian Music, Sans Sitar

    I am an artless serf of Cupid. So are you and your mama--but not Vikram Seth.

    Amitava Kumar

  • June 10, 1999

    The Company Picnic

    A Wall Street Journal poll of 350 major corporations found that the median compensation, including stock options, for CEOs last year was $2,635,799. That was a growth of 3.1 percent.

    Robert Sherrill

  • June 10, 1999

    Pas de Deux, en Masse

    A cluster of concepts that, before the seventies, had together formed the received idea of art and artists came under intense criticism in that decade.

    Arthur C. Danto

  • June 10, 1999

    A Bookmaker’s Tale

    "The real money in books was going to be made not by writing or publishing but by buying and selling the publishing companies themselves." Thus Michael Korda writes in his new memoir, Another

    Gayle Feldman

  • June 10, 1999

    Fast Times at Carver High

    In Variety, where industry rumors congeal into analysis and analysis hardens to consensus, the news is bad for filmmakers like Alexander Payne.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • June 3, 1999

    Master of All He Surveys

    As the presidential election of 1996 got under way, the press began to report that Bill Clinton's campaign strategy was heavily influenced by the advice of a shadowy figure who had no title in ei

    Jonathan Schell

  • June 3, 1999

    Mouth of the Dying Day

    W.H. Auden observed that biographies "are always superfluous and usually in bad taste," but Edward Mendelson's book on him, Later Auden, is neither.

    Grace Schulman

  • June 3, 1999

    A Greek Bearing Gifts

    Before I ask you to see Eternity and a Day, I'd better explain something about its director and co-screenwriter, Theo Angelopoulos.

    Stuart Klawans

  • May 27, 1999

    Neoliberals’ Paleomarkets

    In a book of interviews published a few years ago, Chronicles of Dissent, Noam Chomsky recounted a childhood incident that shaped his life.

    Neve Gordon

  • May 27, 1999

    Leisurely Pleasure

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

    Amos Oz