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December 9, 2002 Issue


  • Editorials

    Call and Answer

    Robert Bly, with David Ray, founded American Writers Against the Vietnam War in 1967; it sponsored many rallies and readings against the war. He is preparing a similar group to do readings against the Iraq war.

    Robert Bly

  • In Fact…

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    the Editors

  • Age of Anxiety

    A spate of recent terrorism events--the bombing of a French tanker, the destruction of a nightclub in Bali, an FBI warning of a "spectacular" Al Qaeda action and the surfacing of a new Osama bi

    the Editors

  • Israel’s Choice

    Returning to Israel after an extended absence can be a disturbing experience.

    Neve Gordon

  • Gore Story

    "Debacle 2002" is already in reruns but has been replaced by a new dramatic series called "Zero 4," which chronicles some familiar characters and a few new faces running for President.

    William Greider

  • Banishing Bilingualism

    Within the next decade, 30-40 percent of current public school teachers in the United States will retire, opening up more than 700,000 teaching positions.

    Herbert Kohl and Susan Katz

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  • Books and the Arts

    Almodóvar’s World

    November has been melodrama month at the movies. First Todd Haynes brought us Far From Heaven, which he ought to have called Imitation of Imitation.

    Stuart Klawans

  • In Cold Type

    The current Salmagundi (Summer-Fall 2002) has a section on what it calls "Femicons" (the category includes articles on Emma Goldman, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Willa Cather); but

    Amy Wilentz

  • The Humanitarian Temptation

    In 2000, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan posed a question to the Millennium Summit of the UN: "If humanitarian intervention is, indeed, an unacceptable assault on sovereignty, how s

    Ian Williams

  • My Guitar Gently Weeps

    "I was in a highly unshaved and tatty state," John Lennon said of his 1966 meeting with a certain conceptual artist, then mounting her first show at London's Indica Gallery.

    Alex Abramovich

  • Intelligentsia at Play

    Tom Stoppard's 'Coast of Utopia'

    Carol Rocamora

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