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Books & the Arts


  • April 15, 1999

    Solzhenitsyn’s History Lesson

    Knowledge of Khrushchev's reaction cited above is personal; he was the author's grandfather.

    Nina Khrushcheva

  • 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 8, 1999

    The End of Humanism

    Like a guest at a potlatch, laughing to see his host's worldly goods go up in flames, I roared at The Matrix--roared and at the same time was humbled, knowing Warner Bros.

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 8, 1999

    False History Lessons

    Confronted with the inexplicable, policy-makers and pundits alike grope for the apt historical analogy. It's a natural human reaction.

    Kai Bird

  • April 8, 1999

    Front Page With a Human Face

    Back in the fifties, before the term "new journalism" was coined, back when Gay Talese was writing minor obituaries for the New York Times, Tom Wolfe was a grad student at Yale and Joan Di

    Dan Wakefield

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  • April 8, 1999

    Political Chapter, Bible Verse

    After writing this, her fourth book on the Christian right, Sara Diamond donated fourteen years' worth of research--right-wing pamphlets, fliers and position papers--to the University of Californ

    Abby Scher

  • April 1, 1999

    Holocaust Denial: A Sequel

    The Case of Binjamin Wilkomirski's Fragments

    Until the past few months, bestowing any Holocaust honorific upon Binjamin Wilkomirski, the author of the

    Harvey Peskin

  • April 1, 1999

    Buddha Leaves Suburbia

    If you adored Catherine Texier's Breakup last year, fell to the floor gushing sympathetic tears for the abandoned raconteur and raised your fists with indignant empathy over the cruelty o

    Minna Proctor

  • April 1, 1999

    Better Ed Than Dead

    Like the telephone before it, television has been an instrument for overcoming American loneliness.

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 1, 1999

    Comic Relief, NEA-Style

    The world is a bleak canvas, all black and white, with only some grays "so that the black and the white [don't] bump into each other so hard." The gods are quarrelsome and bored.

    JoAnn Wypijewski

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