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Society news and analysis from The Nation

  • January 15, 2004

    Lost in Space

    A while back, in a column calling for more arts funding, I observed that a lot more people are interested in classical music, ballet, theater and museums than are interested in space exploration,

    Katha Pollitt

  • January 15, 2004

    Border Justice

    The call by George W. Bush for major reform of our failed immigration policy was undoubtedly made with election-year eyes fixed on the growing Latino vote.

    Marc Cooper

  • January 15, 2004

    We’re Not Sorry, Charlie

    Although the film isn't ready this year, there will be an event January 22 at Bluestockings bookstore in New York (172 Allen Street, 7-8:30 pm) and other events as far away as Grand Forks, North Dakota. Laura Flanders's Your Call radio program will also feature a Roe anniversary show. Listen online at

    Jennifer Baumgardner

  • January 14, 2004

    And the Winner Is…

    Despite the frigid weather, the line to get into Hammerstein Ballroom snaked all the way down Manhattan's 34th Street the night of January 12. Vendors hawked shirts with slogans like "George W.

    Elana Berkowitz

  • January 8, 2004

    The Closest of Strangers

    Tony Kushner's latest play, Caroline, or Change, left me contemplating its curious title, which suggests an indecisive playwright. Why not just Caroline, or simply Change?

    Baz Dreisinger


  • January 8, 2004

    Butching up for Victory

    Bush projects macho, but it looks forced. Could Howard Dean be the "it" candidate?

    Richard Goldstein

  • January 8, 2004

    Baghdad Beat

    There's a wonderful children's story by Roald Dahl titled Fantastic Mr. Fox. Mr. Fox is a wily fellow whose record of chicken theft has driven three local farmers to the point of madness.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • January 8, 2004

    Bush as Hitler? Let’s Be Fair

    Editor's Note: The Nation gives its columnists the widest possible latitude and, as readers know, their views are not always those of the magazine. In this instance, however, the editor wants to go on record as disagreeing profoundly with the analogies made by Alexander Cockburn in this column.

    Alexander Cockburn

  • January 8, 2004

    Lenny From Heaven

    Lenny Bruce, the potty-mouthed wit who turned stand-up comedy into social commentary, was posthumously pardoned yesterday by Gov. George E.

    Richard Lingeman

  • January 8, 2004

    More Bad Judges

    Here comes the sequel to the Scalia Clones and Thomas Clowns.

    Jack Newfield