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  • February 16, 2000

    Dade Ain’t Disney

    Tired of all the stuff about the Cuban kid who is rapidly being turned into the most pampered brat in the world? The press can be blamed, of course.

    Robert Sherrill

  • February 10, 2000

    Business Creates Eco-Side!

    Natural Capitalism is so informative and provocative–and so unfashionably optimistic about the future of the planet–that I wonder why everyone in public life is not reading it and arguin

    William Greider

  • February 10, 2000

    Naipaul Writes Home

    Many years ago, when I was about the age that V.S. Naipaul was when he departed Trinidad for England, I would borrow books by him from the library of an erstwhile colonial club in Kuala Lumpur.

    S. Shankar

  • January 13, 2000

    Round the World in 80 Ways

    John Ghazvinian is completing a PhD at Oxford University on the early history of tourism.

    John Ghazvinian

  • December 15, 1999

    Was Communism Reformable?

    Never in history until the Soviet Union collapsed eight years ago had a great empire gone through such cataclysmic changes and accepted such staggering territorial losses without suffering defeat

    Robert V. Daniels


  • December 15, 1999

    What Price, Palestine?

    The plan to take Israeli athletes hostage during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games was conceived at a cafe on the Piazza della Rotonda in Rome, in the shadow of the Pantheon and the tomb of Raphael.

    Michael Young

  • December 9, 1999

    Exploding Plastic Inevitable

    The fifties may have been the last great moment when Americans entrusted their dreams of transformation to the material world.

    Joanne Jacobson

  • December 9, 1999

    Kosovo: On Ends and Means

    The spectacle of human beings acting out mindless violence through pack behavior instills more terror in the heart than perhaps any other event in the natural world.

    George Kenney

  • November 25, 1999

    How Now, Iron Johns?

    In Growing Up Absurd, his classic polemic on shortchanged youth, Paul Goodman remarks, parenthetically, that “the problems I want to discuss in this book belong primarily, in our society,

    Ellen Willis

  • November 25, 1999

    Curtain Call With Terkel

    Charles Kuralt, who got around a lot himself but wore out faster, once remarked: “When Studs Terkel listens, everybody talks.” Not so many years ago, in fact, we asked Kuralt to review a Studs bo

    John Leonard