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  • January 28, 1999

    A Bend in the Color Line

    Policy talk about a racialized “underclass” rests on social science research that often reproduces notions of racial difference, in an enormous tautology.

    Gerard Fergerson

  • January 21, 1999

    Checking the Union Labels

    The election of new AFL-CIO leaders more than three years ago ushered in an era of glasnost.

    Steve Early

  • 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 MenchĂș 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

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  • 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

  • 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 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 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

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