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Books & the Arts


  • September 23, 1999

    The Boys of Summer

    To the list of movie characters who look back on their lives from the Beyond, add Lester Burnham, the 42-year-old, dead narrator of American Beauty. He is a murder victim--so it would seem

    Stuart Klawans

  • September 23, 1999

    Sunstein’s Law

    He criticizes the liberal Warren Court for breaking new constitutional ground on too many fronts too broadly, while also giving no quarter to the constitutional theories of conservative Supreme C

    David Rudenstine

  • September 16, 1999

    Adults Only

    Conventional wisdom has it that Americans stopped attending foreign films as soon as the domestic ones started featuring bare breasts. Convention, as usual, is too simple.

    Stuart Klawans

  • September 16, 1999

    Inherit an Ill Wind

    Way down in Georgia last month, REM lead singer Michael Stipe paused in the middle of a solo during a rock concert because he had Kansas on his mind.

    Larry Witham and Edward Larson

  • September 16, 1999

    Decolonizing the Mind

    As Hawaii's first American century comes to an end, marking grim anniversaries of overthrow and forced annexation by the United States, a groundswell for Native Hawaiian sovereignty continues to

    Mindy Pennybacker

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  • September 9, 1999

    Behind the Blue Helmets

    The new US envoy to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, has personal experience of how frustrating it can be to negotiate, even when speaking in the name of that mega-cliché, "the world

    Ian Williams

  • September 9, 1999

    Candid in Camera

    It all began in the heat of the summer of 1940. Hitler was at his peak in Europe. France had been defeated.

    Gore Vidal

  • September 9, 1999

    War of the Worlds

    When a boy comes of age in a movie made by Francophones, he's generally obliged to visit a brothel.

    Stuart Klawans

  • September 2, 1999

    Humiliation With a Smile

    To suffer humiliation can be tragic. To bear humiliation for much longer than necessary, yet with loud impatience, is the comic gift of Albert Brooks.

    Stuart Klawans

  • September 2, 1999

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