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  • January 21, 1999

    Sixties Laugh-In

    “They’ve come to steal my dreams,” whimpers a female voice.

    Gene Santoro

  • January 21, 1999

    Bitter Fruit for Rigoberta

    In the early eighties, I, Rigoberta Menchú became an international bestseller.

    Greg Grandin and Francisco Goldman

  • January 21, 1999

    Media Starvation Diet

    All during the year 1984, those of us with firsthand experience in Africa knew that drought and famine were cutting across vast swaths of the continent.

    James North

  • January 14, 1999

    Duck Soup in Japan

    Has no one informed Dr. Akagi that he’s living in a complex and serious drama about the morale of Japanese citizens toward the end of World War II?

    Stuart Klawans

  • January 14, 1999

    Indiana Jones’s Temple of Doom

    The recent arrest in Israel of eight apocalyptic cult members, who reportedly planned to take their own lives at the millennium or provoke authorities into killing them, revealed that yet an

    Bettina Drew

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  • January 14, 1999

    Narnia Born Again

    For 300 years, Christopher Wren’s Sheldonian Theater has been the center of ceremonial life at Oxford.

    Michael Joseph Gross

  • January 7, 1999

    Parades Gone By

    To begin the new year with something old: Milestone Film and Video has just re-released two films of antiquarian interest, directed (appropriately enough) by British film historian Kevin Brownl

    Stuart Klawans

  • January 7, 1999

    Pollock and the Drip

    A characteristically handsome painting by Joan Mitchell is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in the exhibition American Art: 1940-1970.

    Arthur C. Danto

  • January 7, 1999

    …Stinging Like a Bee

    Anyone with first- or even secondhand knowledge of the real-life subject must have wondered what strain of myopia possessed those producing the 1991 TV miniseries Separate but Equal wh

    Gene Seymour

  • January 7, 1999

    Floating Like a Butterfly…

    In October in Las Vegas, Mike Tyson went before the Nevada Athletic Commission to ask it to reinstate his boxing license, which had been suspended after Tyson took a bite out of Evander Holyfie

    David Levi Strauss

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