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December 8, 2003 Issue

In the Fall Books special, Norman Kelley examines the life of Stokely Carmichael; Adam Haslett hails Gore Vidal’s "The City and t…

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Wal-Mart in China

The signs all over the store proclaiming Everyday Low Prices look the same (except that they're printed in Chinese), as do the neatly dressed "associates" patrolling the sel...

Why Jesse Jr. Backs Dean

No single endorsement, save that of next July's party convention, will decide the winner of what remains a remarkably unsettled race for the Democratic presidential nominati...

Boston Marriage

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision in favor of gay marriage may have set off a political earthquake, but as a matter of law it was a no-brainer.


Reason for Doubt

"Iwouldn't ask him to escort my daughter to her senior prom," explained one of the jurors who in mid-November acquitted Robert Durst of murdering his quarrelsome neighbor, M...



The Bubble

To Londoners, even many who did not oppose the war, Bush's visit felt like an assertion of absolute, arrogant power.

Books & the Arts

Ears Wide Open

It's a cliché to say that an artist draws his power from his contradictions, but the lives of the great composers provide easy grist for the mill.

Growing Up All Wrong

Martin Amis is the most condescended-to novelist of his time. He is also one of the most literate, funny, quotable and (this the condescenders never neglect to mention) tale...

Art Therapy

While filming in Western Australia in May 1999, the critic Robert Hughes survived--barely--a head-on collision with another car.

The Name of Love

In January 1948 Dutton brought out the third novel of a promising young writer named Gore Vidal. The publishing house was nervous.

Murder, She Wrote

On the page, Patricia Highsmith could inspire a law-abiding citizen to become a willing accomplice to murder, at least within the realm of the imagination.

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