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March 1, 2004 Issue

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  • Books & the Arts

    What Are They Reading?

    John Hess, who, it should be said, is one of The Nation‘s oldest friends and severest critics, once complained to me about an “editor’s choice” blurb I’d written, which contained a brief

    Richard Lingeman

  • May Fools

    Bernardo Bertolucci has long fed off a cinephilia he appears to despise.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Exile and the Kingdom

    The world of letters lost one of its most eloquent voices on January 24, when the Saudi novelist Abdelrahman Munif died in his Damascus exile after a protracted illness.

    Tariq Ali

  • Killing Time

    From its unification in 1871 until its comprehensive defeat in 1945, Germany was the most bellicose and nationalistic of modern countries.

    Benjamin Kunkel

  • Company Man

    The name Shakespeare in Britain is rather like the names Ford, Disney and Rockefeller in the United States. He is less an individual than an institution, less an artist than an apparatus.

    Terry Eagleton

  • Bush Family Values

    It’s hard to know which is more interesting: the latest book by Kevin Phillips or Phillips himself.

    Elizabeth Drew
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