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  • July 22, 1999

    Poetry’s Ball Turret Gunner

    Has anyone read John Dennis? Irving Babbitt? Gorham Munson? Probably not, though they were considered important critics in their day.

    Alfred Corn

  • July 22, 1999

    Hitler’s Viennese Waltz

    “Austria had many geniuses, and that was probably its undoing.”
        –Robert Musil

    Paul Reitter

  • July 22, 1999

    Ex-Prom Queen Goes Home

    Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can’t go home again. Alix Kates Shulman disagrees.

    Beverly Gologorsky

  • July 22, 1999

    Old Masters

    For contemporary reactions from Nation critics to the films of Stanley Kubrick, follow these links: Lolita (1962), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980), all reviewed by Robert Hatch, and Full Metal Jacket (1987), reviewed by Terrence Rafferty.

    Stuart Klawans

  • July 8, 1999

    Doctors’ Brains

    It’s 9:45 Tuesday night, and the house lights have just come on after the final scene of Wit–the surprise Off Broadway hit about a terminally ill English professor and her experience as a

    Suzanne Gordon

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  • July 8, 1999

    Spike’s Season

    In Summer of Sam, Spike Lee has made a small, shapely drama about two young Italian-American couples in the Bronx.

    Stuart Klawans

  • July 8, 1999

    Spy or Savior?

    If Russia is not to dissolve like the Soviet Union or, worse yet, end in a cataclysm like Yugoslavia’s, it must negotiate peacefully across a welter of emotional claims to self-determination.

    George Kenney

  • July 8, 1999

    Scandalocracy

    Public scandals are America’s favorite parlor sport. Learning about the flaws and misdeeds of the rich and famous seems to satisfy our egalitarian yearnings.

    Robert Dallek

  • July 8, 1999

    Corporate Greenhouse

    This book is aimed at business executives, but political reporters may have to read it too, now that Republican front-runner George W. Bush has decided that global warming is real after all.

    Mark Hertsgaard

  • July 1, 1999

    ‘Snake Eat Snake’

    A few years ago, one of Lebanon’s giddier periodicals, suitably titled Prestige, published as its cover story an interview with a Lebanese celebrity.

    Walid Harb

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