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  • June 17, 1999

    Cables Coming in From the Cold

    Nearly four years ago, soon after the initial public release by the National Security Agency (NSA) of its long-secret Venona archive--decoded Soviet intelligence messages transmitted by telegraph

    Walter Schneir and Miriam Schneir

  • 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 10, 1999

    The Company Picnic

    A Wall Street Journal poll of 350 major corporations found that the median compensation, including stock options, for CEOs last year was $2,635,799. That was a growth of 3.1 percent.

    Robert Sherrill

  • June 3, 1999

    Mouth of the Dying Day

    W.H. Auden observed that biographies "are always superfluous and usually in bad taste," but Edward Mendelson's book on him, Later Auden, is neither.

    Grace Schulman

  • 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

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  • May 27, 1999

    Leisurely Pleasure

    This brief essay is taken from the latest book by Amos Oz, The Story Begins: Essays on Literature (Harcourt Brace).

    Amos Oz

  • May 27, 1999

    White Shirt, Blue Collar

    In 1992, as the United States wallowed in recession, presidential candidate Bill Clinton began to use the term "working middle class" to describe millions of Americans who were being hurt by the

    Stanley Aronowitz

  • May 27, 1999

    Emancipation Proclamation

    Upon his death in 1994, Ralph Ellison left behind some 2,000 pages of a never-finished second novel--more than forty years of fine-tuning what his literary executor, John F.

    John Leonard

  • May 27, 1999

    Rolling Thunder: the Rerun

    People concerned about the US-led NATO war against Yugoslavia find much to reflect upon in the Vietnam experience.

    George Kenney

  • May 13, 1999

    Borges in Another M├ętier

    With Pablo Neruda and Alejo Carpentier, Jorge Luis Borges set in motion the wave of astonishing writing that has given Latin American literature its high place in our time.

    Jay Parini

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