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Books & the Arts


  • 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

  • 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 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

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  • 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

  • May 27, 1999

    Rolling Thunder: the Rerun

    People concerned about the US-led NATO war against Yugoslavia find much to reflect upon in the Vietnam experience.

    George Kenney

  • May 27, 1999

    Emancipation Proclamation

    Upon his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison left behind some 2,000 pages of a never-finished second novel--more than forty years of fine-tuning what his literary executor, John F.

    John Leonard

  • May 27, 1999

    White Shirt, Blue Collar

    In 1992, as the United States wallowed in recession, presidential candidate Bill Clinton began to use the term "working middle class" to describe millions of Americans who were being hurt by the

    Stanley Aronowitz

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