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  • September 25, 2000

    ‘The Big Discourse’

    Unusually sensitive to the fast-changing character of liberal social structures, C. Wright Mills proved impervious to the bitter ironies of reform.

    John Summers

  • December 2, 1999

    Stop-Time in the Levant

    It is remarkable to what extent almost anything having to do with the Middle East in this country--be it political, cultural, historical or even personal--is permeated by the triumphalist vision

    Ammiel Alcalay

  • November 4, 1999

    A Son’s Own Story

    If you are looking for a piece of new evidence that will finally vindicate or convict Alger Hiss with certainty, you won't find it in Tony Hiss's poignant father-son memoir, A View From Alger'

    Jack Gelber

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  • August 19, 1999

    Living La Vida ‘Loca’

    Few Latino writers have challenged homophobia and machismo as fiercely as Jaime Manrique.

    George De Stefano

  • July 22, 1999

    Ex-Prom Queen Goes Home

    Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can't go home again. Alix Kates Shulman disagrees.

    Beverly Gologorsky

  • June 10, 1999

    A Bookmaker’s Tale

    "The real money in books was going to be made not by writing or publishing but by buying and selling the publishing companies themselves." Thus Michael Korda writes in his new memoir, Another

    Gayle Feldman

  • June 3, 1999

    Master of All He Surveys

    As the presidential election of 1996 got under way, the press began to report that Bill Clinton's campaign strategy was heavily influenced by the advice of a shadowy figure who had no title in ei

    Jonathan Schell

  • April 8, 1999

    Front Page With a Human Face

    Back in the fifties, before the term "new journalism" was coined, back when Gay Talese was writing minor obituaries for the New York Times, Tom Wolfe was a grad student at Yale and Joan Di

    Dan Wakefield

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