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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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    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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  • February 4, 1999

    Two, Like, Star-Crossed Lovers

    When a young woman in high school frets about the folks in Mogadishu--when, for that matter, she can spell "Mogadishu"--American moviegoers know she needs a fashion makeover, a boyfriend and an

    Stuart Klawans

  • February 4, 1999

    Liberal Pilgrim’s Progress

    Time magazine once diagnosed newspaper columnist, author, professor-at-large and Hugh Hefner sidekick Max Lerner (1902­92) as suffering from a "crush on America." Seven

    Carlin Romano

  • January 30, 1999

    The Great Pumpkin

    Some years ago, after I had completed a biography of the radical writer Josephine Herbst, I gave serious thought to writing a biography of Whittaker Chambers.

    Elinor Langer

  • January 28, 1999

    Revenge of the Pod People

    Nobody asked me to spend my weekend watching movies about alien invasions--so for all I know, I might have been acting on promptings from an otherworldly force.

    Stuart Klawans

  • January 28, 1999

    History by the Letter

    Whatever else the investigations of the President have uncovered, they have yielded thousands of sources--transcripts, letters, memos, audio- and videotapes--which Americans have devoured wi

    Louis P. Masur

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