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September 19, 2005 Issue

Cover art by: Cover art by Steve Brodner, cover design by Gene Case & Stephen Kling/Avenging Angels


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  • Books & the Arts

    The Power of Outrage

    A nation's conscience is stirred by the abandonment of the poor and the frail: This may be the one bright spot of the man-made disaster on the Gulf Coast. Eric Foner gives a history lesson.

    Eric Foner

  • Kanye West, Unplugged

    NBC took offense when Kanye West took an unscripted swipe at President Bush during a benefit concert for hurricane victims. But somebody had to say it.

    Adam Howard

  • To Return and Rise Again

    Louisiana's poet laureate writes of the resolve of New Orleans's displaced citizens to rebuild their shattered city.

    Brenda Marie Osbey

  • Tramps Like Us

    Thirty summers ago, Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run exploded the cynicism and complacency of a morally exhausted era and gave a new generation reason to believe in rock and roll.

    Eric Alterman

  • The American Sublime

    Robert Smithson's epic earthwork, Spiral Jetty tends to render critics speechless.

    Arthur C. Danto

  • Good Vibrations

    Orgasms used to be a secret, then they became a right. Now they're a duty. It's time to explode the myths.

    Cristina Nehring

  • Requiem for a Dream

    Daniel Fuchs's The Golden West is best read as an author's requiem for the Hollywood he loved.

    David L. Ulin

  • Optimism of the Will

    The rich legacy of former Nation editor and activist Carey McWilliams is on full display in three books.

    Mike Davis

  • A Robertson Republican

    Bush's paean to his staunchest ally's murderous impulses, with apologies to Gilbert & Sullivan.

    Calvin Trillin
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