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Books & the Arts


  • February 24, 1999

    The Prophet Vulgarized

    Trotsky is both the hero of the Russian Revolution--the mastermind of October, the founder of the Red Army--and also its Job, hounded across a "planet without a visa," his family exterminated, hi

    Daniel Singer

  • February 18, 1999

    Nonsilence = Death, Too?

    In seven novels and a collection of essays published since 1981, Sarah Schulman has methodically chronicled the history of her longtime neighborhood, Manhattan's East Village.

    Mark J. Huisman

  • February 18, 1999

    Room With a View

    A man locks his daughters in a one-room house for their first twelve years. The girls--twins--don't attend school; they don't play with other kids. They're never even given a bath.

    Stuart Klawans

  • February 18, 1999

    The Dynasty of Mingus

    For the past year and a half, I've been spending most of my time between 1922 and 1979--the years of Charles Mingus's birth and death, since I'm writing his biography, due to be published next ye

    Gene Santoro

  • February 18, 1999

    So, Is It Back to Bowling Alone?

    The scene with which The Good Citizen opens could have been lifted straight from a Norman Rockwell painting.

    David L. Kirp

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  • February 11, 1999

    Rear Windows

    Said the comic gangster in Payback, misquoting an old saw, "Don't shit where you eat. Or, I mean, where you live. That's it.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • February 11, 1999

    What Boddah You?: The Authenticity Debate

    If there's one thing everyone agrees on about Hawaii writer Lois-Ann Yamanaka, it's that she has a perfect ear for local pidgin dialects, which change cadence and idiom throughout the islands of

    Mindy Pennybacker

  • February 11, 1999

    The Footlights’ Non-Glare

    At lunch with a colleague who is devoted to the theater, the discussion turned to Broadway and she mentioned she had seen the revival of On the Town, the buoyant 1944 Comden and Gre

    Rachel Shteir

  • February 4, 1999

    Ellington Hits 100

    On the eve of the New York premiere of his Symphony No.

    Albert Murray

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