Exploding Plastic Inevitable Exploding Plastic Inevitable

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

Dec 9, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Joanne Jacobson

Kosovo: On Ends and Means 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.

Dec 9, 1999 / Books & the Arts / George Kenney

How Now, Iron Johns? 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...

Nov 25, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Ellen Willis

Curtain Call With Terkel 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 ...

Nov 25, 1999 / Books & the Arts / John Leonard

Mourning and America Mourning and America

He's not dead yet, but the spirit of Ronald Reagan is omnipresent these days, and nowhere is it more damnably profane than in politicians' relentless invocations of the Almighty.

Oct 14, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Michael Joseph Gross

Thurow’s Infonomics Thurow’s Infonomics

We are entering, techno-boosters breathlessly proclaim, a "third industrial revolution," that of the "knowledge-based" or "new" economy.

Oct 14, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Robert J. Crawford

Is the Boston Tea Party Over? Is the Boston Tea Party Over?

Anyone who has led a discussion on the economy or trade or globalization in this country has faced the question, Should I buy American? Sounds simple enough.

Oct 7, 1999 / Books & the Arts / John Cavanagh

Mickey & the Peep Show Mickey & the Peep Show

In 1980, amid debates about "cleaning up" Times Square, New York City Mayor Ed Koch warned, "New York cannot and should not become Disneyland.

Sep 30, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Wayne Hoffman

Our Prison Complex Our Prison Complex

This past winter both Edwin Meese and Gen. Barry McCaffrey expressed surprising misgivings about the current direction of the War on Drugs.

Sep 23, 1999 / Books & the Arts / Theodore Hamm

Sunstein’s Law Sunstein’s Law

He criticizes the liberal Warren Court for breaking new constitutional ground on too many fronts too broadly, while also giving no quarter to the constitutional theories of conse...

Sep 23, 1999 / Books & the Arts / David Rudenstine