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Books & the Arts


  • May 6, 1999

    Lovestone’s Thin Red Line

    Jay Lovestone is not only one of the oddest characters in the history of the American left but easily its most slippery.

    Paul Buhle

  • May 6, 1999

    The Spies Who Loved Us?

    I still kick myself for not having saved the short story I wrote for composition class in seventh grade in which I described how the Russians took over my small suburban community.

    Ellen Schrecker

  • April 29, 1999

    Global Indigestion

    I coined the term "global brunch" several years ago after seeing a film of the Stravinsky-Cocteau Oedipus Rex as staged by Julie Taymor.

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 29, 1999

    Saddam the Phoenix

    Thanks principally to the reports of Barton Gellman in the Washington Post since last October, we know that US intelligence services fatally misused the United Nations Special Commission

    Dilip Hiro

  • April 29, 1999

    Whistleblower’s Trill on Iraq

    Iraq is out of the news, mostly, except for the occasional report of a missile fired from a US jet flying over it on patrol. And Maj. Scott Ritter is off the air.

    William M. Arkin

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  • April 29, 1999

    Fading Czech Velvet

    As I'm driven to the home of Ivan Klima, one of the Czech Republic's most internationally respected writers, the hand of fate slips in beside me in the taxi.

    Mark Schapiro

  • April 21, 1999

    Rushdie as Orpheus, on Guitar

    From the Satanic Versifier, more love and more death, with a song in his heart.

    John Leonard

  • April 21, 1999

    The Way of All Flesh

    Hark! The squeal of the two-headed amphibian. Mating season must have begun.

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 15, 1999

    Accountant of Death

    After we admit that all historical circumstances are specific and all sufferings absolute--that Serbian "police" are not Nazis and ethnic Albanians not Jews (and NATO forces cannot be compared p

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 15, 1999

    France’s Philosophe Impolitique

    Recent French philosophy has been most passionately loved and hated for its militant radicalism.

    Richard Shusterman