Books & the Arts

Columbo This Isn’t Columbo This Isn’t

The first thing I need to explain about Bruno Dumont's Humanité shouldn't have to be said at all. It's that the film is not a whodunit.

Jun 22, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Stuart Klawans

The Devil and Mr. Hearst The Devil and Mr. Hearst

William Randolph Hearst is one of those people we all know was very, very famous but are never quite sure why, or what we are to think of him.

Jun 22, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Dana Frank

The Devil in Mr. Marx The Devil in Mr. Marx

At a quarter to 3 in the afternoon on March 14, 1883, one of the world's brainiest men, Karl Marx, ceased to think. He passed away peacefully in his favorite armchair.

Jun 22, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Andy Merrifield

African Heart, No Darkness African Heart, No Darkness

A revealing question: Why has V.S. Naipaul come to be much better known in the West than the great African writer Chinua Achebe?

Jun 22, 2000 / Books & the Arts / James North

A Literature From Below A Literature From Below

The role of the public intellectual--and the moral onus, assuming that one exists--seems ever to thread the Scylla of celebrity and the Charybdis of marginality.

Jun 15, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Günter Grass

Second-Wave Soundings Second-Wave Soundings

The women's liberation movement, as it was called in the sixties and seventies, was the largest social movement in the history of the United States--and probably in the world.

Jun 15, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Linda Gordon and Rosalyn Baxandall

Affirmative Retraction Affirmative Retraction

A century ago, as America made clear its retreat from the egalitarian gains of Reconstruction, two powerful voices set out differing agendas for how black Americans should respon...

Jun 15, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Philip A. Klinkner

Tea Time Tea Time

Everyone knows you can't film Remembrance of Things Past, so Raúl Ruiz did it.

Jun 15, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Stuart Klawans

How a Caged Bird Learns to Sing How a Caged Bird Learns to Sing

This article is adapted from a lecture that was part of a series on self-censorship in the media given at New York University. The lecture series is being published this month in T...

Jun 8, 2000 / Books & the Arts / John Leonard

‘Spies’ Under the Persian Rug ‘Spies’ Under the Persian Rug

Early in the morning on Tuesday, May 2, as I opened my apartment door to pick up the New York Times, I was struck by a large front-page picture of a man in Iranian prison unifo...

Jun 8, 2000 / Books & the Arts / Mansour Farhang

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