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Society news and analysis from The Nation

  • May 29, 2003

    Mirror of the Times

    With all the words laundered over the Jayson Blair affair, why is my soul still disquieted? Why do I feel even further from the truth than on the day the journalistic fraud was first revealed?

    James W. Carey

  • May 22, 2003

    Fight Club

    Writing may be fighting, as Ishmael Reed famously opined, but most writers know the difference. There are, of course, some who blur the line.

    Adam Shatz

  • May 22, 2003

    Offering Hope–at a Price

    US drug firms make the choice clear: our outrageous profits or your life.

    Katharine Greider

  • May 22, 2003

    Forgetting to Laugh

    Of all the columns I've written, never have I gotten more mail than for the following sentence: "It will not matter that the Dixie Chicks play to full, cheering houses, while their current albu

    Patricia J. Williams

  • May 22, 2003

    Now, Gods, Stand Up for Fakers!

    Thank God for fakers! Matchless as deflaters of human and institutional pretension, they furnish us rich measures of malicious glee at the red-faced victims.

    Alexander Cockburn


  • May 22, 2003

    Guantánamo Gulag

    Whatever happened to the "worst of the worst"?

    David Cole

  • May 21, 2003

    Saving Private Lynch: Take 2

    In the 1998 film Wag the Dog, political operatives employ special editing techniques to create phony footage that will engender public sympathy for a manufactured war.

    Robert Scheer

  • May 15, 2003

    The New Yorker Goes to War

    In its first issue after the fall of the World Trade Center, The New Yorker published a handful of short reaction pieces by John Updike, Jonathan Franzen and others about the horror that

    Daniel Lazare

  • May 15, 2003

    The New Campus Raids

    On February 26 the small town of Moscow, Idaho, saw more commotion than it had since a truck camper exploded in a vacant lot last September. While the town was still sleeping, two military plan

    Jungwon Kim

  • May 15, 2003

    The Big Chill

    Is this the new McCarthyism?

    Alisa Solomon