Books & the Arts

American Graffiti American Graffiti

It's true--and a cliché--that Hollywood films hold up a mirror to American society. It's equally true--and equally a cliché--that Hollywood films fail to reflect Am...

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Susie Linfield

On Movies, Money & Politics On Movies, Money & Politics

The Nation asked six politically active members of the entertainment community to comment on recent developments in the realms of politics and popular culture.

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Peter Biskind

Part of Our Time, Too Part of Our Time, Too

Given the late Dalton Trumbo's various claims to verbal fame--highest-paid screenwriter of his day, most vocal member of the Hollywood Ten, polemicist extraordinaire, winner und...

Mar 18, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Dalton Trumbo and Murray Kempton

Correspondance School Art Correspondance School Art

If we think of a historical period as defined by what the French have usefully designated a mentalité--a shared set of attitudes, practices and beliefs--then periods end ...

Mar 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Arthur C. Danto

Feminine Mystiquers Feminine Mystiquers

For Danielle Crittenden, the "click" came when she was going to play tennis with her husband and a couple of acquaintances. She left her racket on one side of the court.

Mar 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Kim Phillips-Fein

Too Many Cigarettes Too Many Cigarettes

Monday: Screening of Garry Marshall's The Other Sister, which seems to be about a goldfish.

Mar 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Stuart Klawans

Montale as Couplet Montale as Couplet

The publication of Jonathan Galassi's translation and meticulous annotation of Eugenio Montale's Collected Poems, 1920-1954 has been justifiably celebrated on both sides of the ...

Mar 11, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Michael Mewshaw

A Partisan’s Review A Partisan’s Review

In A Partisan View, one of the many memoirs in which score-settling refugees from the glory days of the anti-Stalinist, pro-Modernist quarterly bite each other on their kneecap...

Mar 4, 1999 / Books & the Arts / John Leonard

Kazan and the Bad Times Kazan and the Bad Times

Dalton Trumbo, a militant blacklisted screenwriter and novelist, commenting on the fifties struggle against government attempts to throttle the American left, said that in that b...

Mar 4, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Arthur Miller

Touched by an Angel Touched by an Angel

It's characteristic of Erick Zonca's extraordinary first feature, The Dreamlife of Angels, that we never learn how Isa got that scar across her right eyebrow.

Mar 4, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Stuart Klawans

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