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  • June 8, 2000

    McCullers: Canon Fodder?

    What makes an American writer? In today’s narrow, backlashed literary market the chain of command is quite clear. The “greats” are Updike, Pynchon, Mailer, Bellow and Roth.

    Sarah Schulman

  • June 8, 2000

    Microsoft: Breaking Up Is Good to Do

    The pace of recent events made one of the most significant rulings in the history of American antitrust law seem like an anti-climax.

    Eben Moglen

  • June 1, 2000

    Little House in the ‘Hood

    I was wandering around Harlem recently, late on a warm Sunday afternoon: I saw Dominican families chatting on stoops. I saw African-American families walking home from church.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • June 1, 2000

    Janey Got Her Gun

    Michael Kimmel served as the Justice Department’s expert witness on gender issues in the VMI and Citadel litigation.

    Michael Kimmel


  • June 1, 2000

    Block That Rush!

    I suppose it would be in my financial interest if Rush Limbaugh were to get his wish and become part of the broadcast team for ABC’s Monday Night Football.

    Al Franken

  • June 1, 2000

    Going Postal

    Bravo and Happy Birthday to Harper’s Magazine, and to Lewis Lapham and John (Rick) MacArthur (editor and publisher, respectively).

    The Editors

  • June 1, 2000

    Exacting ‘the Price of Liberty…’

    Generals and admirals often tell us that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, but they sure don’t appreciate being on its business end.

    Eric Alterman

  • May 25, 2000

    Don’t Try This at Home

    At 4 pm on Monday, May 22, Inigo Thomas posted an item in Slate wondering whether New York magazine’s Michael Wolff’s pan of Inside, the new website about the media not yet o

    Eric Alterman

  • May 25, 2000

    Moms to NRA: Grow Up!

    In the end, after months of waffling, I violated my principles and went to the Million Mom March for gun control–make that “common-sense gun control.” I’ve never liked maternalist politics: It r

    Katha Pollitt