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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

  • February 25, 1999

    Albright’s State Deportment

    Flirtatious and ferocious at the same time, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stamps the world stage over Kosovo, threatening fire from heaven if Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic does no

    Ian Williams

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  • February 24, 1999

    The Prophet Vulgarized

    Trotsky is both the hero of the Russian Revolution--the mastermind of October, the founder of the Red Army--and also its Job, hounded across a "planet without a visa," his family exterminated, hi

    Daniel Singer

  • February 4, 1999

    Liberal Pilgrim’s Progress

    Time magazine once diagnosed newspaper columnist, author, professor-at-large and Hugh Hefner sidekick Max Lerner (1902­92) as suffering from a "crush on America." Seven

    Carlin Romano

  • January 30, 1999

    The Great Pumpkin

    Some years ago, after I had completed a biography of the radical writer Josephine Herbst, I gave serious thought to writing a biography of Whittaker Chambers.

    Elinor Langer

  • January 21, 1999

    Bitter Fruit for Rigoberta

    In the early eighties, I, Rigoberta MenchĂș became an international bestseller.

    Greg Grandin and Francisco Goldman

  • January 7, 1999

    …Stinging Like a Bee

    Anyone with first- or even secondhand knowledge of the real-life subject must have wondered what strain of myopia possessed those producing the 1991 TV miniseries Separate but Equal wh

    Gene Seymour

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