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  • February 4, 1999

    Going for the Gunmakers

    A short walk from my home in New Haven stands the farm of that prototypical Connecticut Yankee, Eli Whitney. In 1798 Whitney hit on a bold new scheme: interchangeable parts for muskets.

    Bruce Shapiro

  • January 28, 1999

    A Bend in the Color Line

    Policy talk about a racialized "underclass" rests on social science research that often reproduces notions of racial difference, in an enormous tautology.

    Gerard Fergerson

  • January 28, 1999

    On Olympic Bribery

    'Twas said the honest folks of Salt Lake City
    Deplored sins large and even itty-bitty.
    But, trying for the Games, they thought it pretty

    Calvin Trillin

  • January 28, 1999

    Antichrists Among Us

    What could have possessed the Rev. Jerry Falwell to announce that the Antichrist is probably alive and a male Jew?

    David Wallis

  • January 28, 1999

    A Cold War Over the Cold War?

    Yale University Press's Annals of Communism series, begun in 1995, is among the most ambitious and influential scholarly undertakings to address the historical role of Communism and the Soviet

    Eric Alterman


  • January 21, 1999

    Justice Over-Decorated Is Justice Denied

    Chief Justice Rehnquist now presides.
    He rules the chamber that decides
    If Clinton should remain or go.
    This role's important, that we know.

    Calvin Trillin

  • January 21, 1999

    Media Starvation Diet

    All during the year 1984, those of us with firsthand experience in Africa knew that drought and famine were cutting across vast swaths of the continent.

    James North

  • January 21, 1999

    Friends, Romans, Countrymen

    The networks are busy interviewing everyone with a law degree about what to expect from the impeachment trial of President Clinton.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • January 14, 1999

    The People vs. Larry Flynt?

    I didn't realize how much I was counting on Larry Flynt until I noticed I had spent Monday evening trying to find on the Web or TV a report of the much-anticipated news conference in which h

    Katha Pollitt

  • January 14, 1999

    Indiana Jones’s Temple of Doom

    The recent arrest in Israel of eight apocalyptic cult members, who reportedly planned to take their own lives at the millennium or provoke authorities into killing them, revealed that yet an

    Bettina Drew