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December 29, 2003 Issue

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  • Books & the Arts

    Go East, Young Man!

    In one of his sunnier moods, Jean-Luc Godard might have tacked onto The Last Samurai the subtitle une étrange aventure de Tom Cruise.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Soul Keeping Company

    The hours between washing and the well
    Of burial are the soul’s most troubled time.

    Lucie Brock-Broido

  • Scully’s Way

    Generations of Yale students share stories about special moments in Vincent Scully’s courses on art and architecture.

    Thomas Bender

  • Weapons of the Weak

    African-American history, broadly defined, continues to be the most innovative and exciting field in American historical studies.

    George M. Fredrickson

  • The Abstract Impressionist

    I have always marveled at the way in which Abstract Expressionism was able to transform a disparate group of painters, none of whom had shown any particular promise of artistic greatness, into fi

    Arthur C. Danto
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