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May 28, 2007 Issue

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  • Editorial

    MacArthur Park

    Advocates pushing for reform and immigrants clamoring for justice in the streets will not forget the recent violence in Los Angeles.

    The Editors

  • France à Droite

    Under Sarkozy, France will lose much égalité and fraternité. Let’s hope liberté is not diminished as well.

    André Schiffrin

  • Laboring for Edwards

    John Edwards is meticulously laying the groundwork to become the candidate of organized labor, insisting prosperity can expand only if unionization expands.

    Marc Cooper

  • Invisible America

    Fifty-three years after Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court will rule on two cases that will decide the future of school integration.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • Morality Gets a Massage

    Randall Tobias isn’t the first abstinence czar to run afoul of the moral agenda he promoted. It’s time Congress stopped this dangerous crusade.

    The Editors

  • Studs Terkel, Listener

    In celebration of Studs Terkel’s 95th birthday last year, the Nation’s Deadline Poet paid tribute.

    Calvin Trillin

  • Books & the Arts

    Night on Earth

    After Dark, Haruki Murakami’s edgy new novel, describes how the lives of a group of strangers intersect over the course of one night.

    Michael Wood

  • The Virtual Realist

    Philip K. Dick has become the most influential and prophetic of late-twentieth-century science fiction writers.

    Gene Seymour

  • Clowns With Kalashnikovs

    In his memoir, Régis Debray describes the evolution of his politics from his early days as a revolutionary to his later work advising the nominally socialist François Mitterrand.

    James Miller

  • The Imaginary Jew

    Two new novels, by Michael Chabon and Nathan Englander, recharge the modern Jewish experience with a sense of the exotic.

    William Deresiewicz

  • The New Face of Warfare

    Child soldiering has become a defining feature of modern warfare. And the United States has been all too complicit in the trend.

    Fatin Abbas

  • The Wharton School

    A new biography describes how Edith Wharton transformed her obsessions into stories of loss, regret and entrapment.

    Brenda Wineapple

  • Among the Disbelievers

    In their rush to throw out God, atheist writers appear to have given little thought to what should replace Him.

    Daniel Lazare

  • The Brown Decades

    In an engaging new memoir, Carolyn Brown recollects her work with modern dance legends Merce Cunningham and John Cage.

    Rachel Cohen

  • The Dread Zone

    John Leonard, noted critic and former literary editor of The Nation, died Wednesay at 69. This review of Don DeLillo’s Falling Man was one of his last pieces published in the magazine.

    John Leonard

  • At a Loss for Words

    Ralph Ellison was eager to be counted in any political cause–except those surrounding race.

    Michael Anderson

  • While We Slept

    A new book on the history of Western complicity in Iraq takes an unsparing look at how the first Bush and Clinton administrations set the stage for disaster.

    Stanley I. Kutler

  • Spider-Man 3: Third Time’s (Not) the Charm

    Sam Raimi has loaded so many big ideas into Spider-Man 3, they drag this morality-soaked bag of kittens right down to the river’s bottom.

    Stuart Klawans
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