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  • July 1, 1999

    Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Legend has it that Potemkin, burdened by duties and melancholy, once neglected to order the packing up of one of his stage-set villages.

    Stuart Klawans

  • June 24, 1999

    Born Cool

    The title character in Run Lola Run lives underneath a fibrous growth that in shape resembles a neglected patch of lawn and in color brings to mind a fire engine–or maybe a fire engine cr

    Stuart Klawans

  • June 24, 1999

    Holocaust Creationism

    Between 1945 and 1947 the United States underwent perhaps the most breathtaking ideological transformation in its history.

    Jon Wiener

  • June 24, 1999

    Republic of Pain

    Quick, name a recent Nobel Peace Prize laureate accused of colluding in a program of mass murder. No, not Henry Kissinger–that’s old news.

    Roane Carey

  • June 17, 1999

    Octopussy by Other Means

    In the movie that has been assigned to us to write about, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Mike Myers from Saturday Night Live plays a secret agent named Austin Powers.

    Stuart Klawans

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  • June 17, 1999

    Cables Coming in From the Cold

    Nearly four years ago, soon after the initial public release by the National Security Agency (NSA) of its long-secret Venona archive–decoded Soviet intelligence messages transmitted by telegraph

    Walter Schneir and Miriam Schneir

  • June 17, 1999

    Eat, Drink and Be Chary

    J.M. Coetzee’s new novella, The Lives of Animals, must be some kind of first.

    Benjamin Kunkel

  • June 17, 1999

    Indian Music, Sans Sitar

    I am an artless serf of Cupid. So are you and your mama–but not Vikram Seth.

    Amitava Kumar

  • 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 10, 1999

    Pas de Deux, en Masse

    A cluster of concepts that, before the seventies, had together formed the received idea of art and artists came under intense criticism in that decade.

    Arthur C. Danto

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