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  • January 6, 2000

    Saying It Ain’t So on Joe

    The cold war has been over for a decade but it lingers on the American home front.

    Stanley I. Kutler

  • November 25, 1999

    ‘Our’ Gide?

    Whenever Gide wrote or spoke about himself directly, which was not infrequently, he would insist that his wars within were to be traced to his very genes.

    Patrick Smith

  • November 25, 1999

    There You Go Again…

    Our correspondent, longtime Los Angeles Times reporter and columnist Robert Scheer, has spent several hours over the years questioning President Reagan on a variety of subjec

    Robert Scheer

  • October 28, 1999

    Slouching to the Ouija Board

    "Does the imagination dwell the most/Upon a woman won or woman lost?" Yeats asked. For most of his readers and biographers, the answer has been clear: a woman lost.

    Benjamin Kunkel

  • October 28, 1999

    Mr. Debs, My Darling

    In offhand, birdsong passing, Marguerite Young observes: "As for the nineteenth century, it may be said that it was probably the leakiest century there ever was and so would remain." By leaky per

    John Leonard

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  • July 22, 1999

    Poetry’s Ball Turret Gunner

    Has anyone read John Dennis? Irving Babbitt? Gorham Munson? Probably not, though they were considered important critics in their day.

    Alfred Corn

  • July 8, 1999

    Spy or Savior?

    If Russia is not to dissolve like the Soviet Union or, worse yet, end in a cataclysm like Yugoslavia's, it must negotiate peacefully across a welter of emotional claims to self-determination.

    George Kenney

  • May 6, 1999

    Lovestone’s Thin Red Line

    Jay Lovestone is not only one of the oddest characters in the history of the American left but easily its most slippery.

    Paul Buhle

  • March 4, 1999

    Soul Survivor of Auschwitz

    During a wide-ranging conversation I had with Primo Levi in his home in Turin in the summer of 1985, two years before his death, I asked him what effect Auschwitz had on him as a writer.

    Gabriel Motola

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