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October 19, 2009 Issue

Cover art by: Cover photograph by Joe Raedle/Getty Images, design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels


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  • Books & the Arts

    Drunk and Disorderly

    Jean Rhys wrote about women who tangled with class and sexuality on their own terms.

    Phoebe Connelly

  • Suspended Sentences

    Eliot Weinberger's enigmatic essays save him from becoming a prisoner of his polemical style.

    Scott Saul

  • The First Counter-revolutionary

    Thomas Hobbes sensed the revolutionary impulses of early modern Europe and transformed them into a defense of the most hidebound form of rule.

    Corey Robin
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