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December 8, 2003 Issue

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  • Editorial

    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 selling floor.

    Carl Goldstein

  • Korematsu II?

    Be careful what you wish for.

    David Cole

  • 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 nomination.

    John Nichols

  • 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.

    The Editors

  • True Sovereignty for Iraq

    The quagmire in Iraq seems to deepen by the week, with the guerrilla resistance growing stronger and more sophisticated.

    The Editors

  • Books & the Arts

    What Are They Reading?

    John Berger, best known for the essay collection Ways of Seeing, is not a timid writer. His oeuvre comprises novels, poems, criticism and plays.

    Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow

  • 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.

    Russell Platt

  • 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) talented.

    Keith Gessen

  • Art Therapy

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

    Arthur C. Danto

  • Mystic Poet

    Most biographies of literary figures are a wonderful substitute for actually having to read the work.

    Terry Eagleton

  • Phantom of the White House

    “We now live in a culture that’s hyperaware of the construction and manipulation of images in politics,” David Greenberg writes in Nixon’s Shadow.

    J. Hoberman

  • The Foreign Correspondent

    How we miss Martha Gellhorn, and how we need her right now!

    Neal Ascherson

  • A Soldier’s Story

    In the annals of American politics Winning Modern Wars is an unusual book.

    Frances FitzGerald

  • 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.

    Adam Haslett

  • 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.

    Kera Bolonik

  • Memoirs of a Revolutionist

    Who can recall the late Stokely Carmichael’s first name and not associate it with the two most incendiary words of the 1960s, Black Power?

    Norman Kelley
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