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  • May 29, 2003

    The Unrepentant Modernist

    Near the end of Parallels and Paradoxes, a recent collection of dialogues on music and society between the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim, music director of the Chicago Symphony

    Russell Platt

  • May 29, 2003

    The Liar

    Steal this book.

    Emily Nussbaum

  • May 1, 2003

    The Intuitionist

    Writers write by trying to find out what it is they’re writing.

    E.L. Doctorow

  • March 20, 2003

    Against the Genetic Grain

    I first heard of Jon Beckwith in the mid-1970s, in a question framed by my genetics professor: Why would anyone willfully disrupt a research program designed to collect useful information on hu

    Jonathan Marks

  • February 14, 2003

    What Are They Reading?

    Though there have been scattered signs of renewed interest in Dwight Macdonald–a biography in 1994, a collection of letters in 2002–all but a fraction of his own writing molders unattended in

    Jonathan Shainin


  • February 6, 2003

    Genet’s Palestinian Revolution

    This essay will appear as an introduction in New York Review Books’ new edition of Prisoner of Love (February 2003).

    Ahdaf Soueif

  • December 5, 2002

    Who Will Tell the People?

    Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers is Daniel Ellsberg’s story of his personal journey from being in the early 1960s a “dedicated cold warrior” who supported America’s e

    David Rudenstine

  • November 14, 2002

    Atop the Volcano

    Gioconda Belli–poet, novelist, society belle reborn as Sandinista comrade–has written a memoir of the Nicaraguan struggle that reads like a romance–a romance with politics and revolution, ce

    Anderson Tepper

  • October 31, 2002

    Taslima’s Pilgrimage

    “A war was about to start. Knots of wide-eyed people gathered in courtyards, in open fields, on street corners….

    Meredith Tax

  • September 25, 2002

    Rethinking the Second Wave

    A few years ago, an intellectual historian uncovered the story of Betty Friedan’s formative years as a Popular Front journalist and activist in the 1940s.

    Nancy MacLean