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May 19, 2008 Issue

Cover art by: Cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels

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  • Books & the Arts

    Looking Past Clichés

    The Visitor is that rare film that defines Arabs not as ethnic or religious stereotypes but as individuals.

    Laila Lalami

  • Guantánamo Ain’t No Joke

    Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantánamo Bay is very funny. Nothing about the real place is.

    Shayana Kadidal

  • Back Talk: John Turturro

    Actor John Turturro discusses his latest project, a production of Beckett's Endgame at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

    Christine Smallwood

  • Photo Ops

    Errol Morris's new documentary Standard Operating Procedure lacks critical distance but produces masterful evocations of Abu Ghraib.

    Stuart Klawans

  • Sweet Martin’s Badass Song

    Several new books on Martin Luther King takes a closer look at the rhetoric and economic politics of the civil rights icon.

    Scott Saul

  • A Deeper Black

    Shelby Steele's book on Barack Obama, an outdated critique of identity politics, misses the candidate's essential power.

    Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • Mickey Mouse Media

    A serious debate focused about torture, wiretapping, food prices, world hunger... oh, wait. That's the kind of fairy tale they don't do at Disney.

    Eric Alterman
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