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  • May 3, 2000

    Circus Minimus

    According to Gibbon, the emperor Commodus spent the early years of his reign "in a seraglio of three hundred beautiful women and as many boys, of every rank and of every province." Later, adding

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 27, 2000

    Hip-Hop Politics on Campus

    "You have no idea how much love I got for this," says David Jamil Muhammad, referring to his role as a student organizer of "Hip-Hop Generation--Hip-Hop as a Movement." The conference was held Ap

    Johnny Temple

  • April 27, 2000

    The Intervention Blues

    Perhaps one of the most fatuous theories ever promulgated was Francis Fukuyama's "End of History," put forth just as, in most parts of the world, history resumed its sanguinary progress as soon a

    Ian Williams

  • April 27, 2000

    On Tyson vs. Downey

    I was watching Mike Tyson knock Robert Downey Jr. to the floor when the thought popped into my head, "Is this what I want from a movie?" It was a pressing question.

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 20, 2000

    Hawking Vietnam

    With the twenty-fifth anniversary of the American withdrawal from Vietnam hard upon us, readers and viewers may well be treated to a multitude of reprises of the arguments surrounding the war and

    Richard Falk

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  • April 20, 2000

    Art of the Free and Brave

    A woman I know once agreed to take a young Asian child to visit a school in New York, to which her distant parents considered sending her.

    Arthur C. Danto

  • April 20, 2000

    Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

    In Moby-Dick, in the chapter "The Fossil Whale," Ishmael proclaims: "To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme." The theme of Joyce Carol Oates's Blonde--well, it's a

    Lawrence Joseph

  • April 20, 2000

    Final Cut on Final Solution?

    Since you presumably know the basics about the Holocaust--if you don't, I would suggest that a movie review is no place to learn them--I will jump to the main question about The Specialist

    Stuart Klawans

  • April 13, 2000

    The Compleat Walker

    Shortly before he died, Bruce Chatwin found God. This was on top of Mount Athos, after which he left for Katmandu. Looking down from the bees and grapes, he had seen an iron cross on a wet rock.

    John Leonard

  • April 13, 2000

    Reparting the Waters

    It is delightfully ironic that a site has been approved for the construction of a monument in Martin Luther King Jr.'s name on the Washington Mall, given that in the last months of his life, King

    Jason Sokol