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  • October 28, 1999

    Mr. Debs, My Darling

    In offhand, birdsong passing, Marguerite Young observes: “As for the nineteenth century, it may be said that it was probably the leakiest century there ever was and so would remain.” By leaky per

    John Leonard

  • October 28, 1999

    Slouching to the Ouija Board

    “Does the imagination dwell the most/Upon a woman won or woman lost?” Yeats asked. For most of his readers and biographers, the answer has been clear: a woman lost.

    Benjamin Kunkel

  • October 28, 1999

    Night of the Living Dead

    Sooner or later, there would have to be fireworks in Bringing Out the Dead.

    Stuart Klawans

  • October 21, 1999

    Our Monumental Mistakes

    To the surprise of historians themselves, history–or at least its public presentation–has become big business.

    Eric Foner

  • October 21, 1999

    Rough and Tumble

    Begin with a cluster of molecules in the void. The camera zooms away from them, sucking you back through some dim anatomical corridor.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • October 14, 1999

    More Nixon Tapes Released

    Among his more peculiar views,
    He thought all Communists were Jews.
    Historians must ponder how
    He managed to account for Mao.

    Calvin Trillin

  • October 14, 1999

    Uneasy Riders

    What was it like in the sixties, wonders a dewy young woman in The Limey, speaking to Peter Fonda. Who better to ask?

    Stuart Klawans

  • October 14, 1999

    Catholic Bashing?

    My father disapproved of the “Sensation” show at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He thought it was bad for the Jews.

    Katha Pollitt

  • October 14, 1999

    ‘Sensation’ in Brooklyn

    The Brooklyn Museum of Art, as if persuaded by its own ill-advised publicity that the art in its “Sensation” show might endanger the welfare of its viewers, at first thought it prudent to turn aw

    Arthur C. Danto

  • October 14, 1999

    Mourning and America

    He’s not dead yet, but the spirit of Ronald Reagan is omnipresent these days, and nowhere is it more damnably profane than in politicians’ relentless invocations of the Almighty.

    Michael Joseph Gross