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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 1, January/February

A Feminist Parable
A Feminist Parable Lady of the Snakes By Rachel Pastan Harcourt. 308 pp. $24.00.RACHEL PASTAN is a young old-fashioned novelist. Eschewing contemporary fiction's habitual license and eclecticism, she writes instead about courtship, marriage and infidelity....
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A Legacy of Blood
Two new books, Drew Gilpin Faust's This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War (Knopf, 346 pp., $27.95) and Stephen Budiansky's The Bloody Shirt: Terror After Appomattox (Viking, 322 pp., $27.95), provide an opportunity to consider how...
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An American Parody
An American ParodyTHE EARLY 1970s saw the United States deeply involved in a struggle over the limits of a President's power that was finally resolved in accordance with the Constitution. Almost simultaneously, in neighboring Chile, General Augusto Pinochet...
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Anxiety, Ambition and Death
Anxiety, Ambition and Death High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed By Michael Kodas Hyperion. 357 pp. $24.95.WHEN ASKED why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, the indefatigable English mountaineer George Mallory famously retorted, "Because...
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Before Optimism Turned to Ashes
Before Optimism Turned to AshesFRANK O'HARA was the John Keats of the New York School of Poets. Two of its larger figures, Kenneth Koch and John Ashbery, lived to become Grand Old Men; the former died in 2002, the latter remains at the height of his...
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Between Issues
ON FEBRUARY 15, a story in the Business Day section of the newspaper still bearing the legend "All The News That's Fitto Print" was headlined: "THE TIMES TO CUT 100 NEWS JOBS." Written by Richard Pérez-Peña, an astute scribe who has been following the...
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Castro's Avenger
In 1959, Fidel Castro met privately with Vice President Richard M. Nixon in Washington. Nixon came away with the impression that Castro was "incredibly naïve about Communism." That marked the inception of 50 years of hostility toward the bearded revolutionary...
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Cheeky Kosovo
YOU MIGHT CALL the last few decades "the era of breakaway states."The latest to break away is Kosovo, a province of Serbia. When Kosovo - most of whose 2 million people are ethnic Albanians - began agitating for independence, Serbia launched an ethnic...
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Chile's First Female President
SANTIAGO MICHELLE BACHELET'S election as president of Chile two years ago drew international attention. A divorced, agnostic single mother running in a heavily Catholic country, she had never held elective office. Moreover, because her family had supported...
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From McCain to Bush
FOLLOWING IS A LETTER Senator John McCain, the likely Republican standard bearer, might have - I repeat, might have - sent to President George W. Bush.Dear Mr. President,That was quite a surprise - your praise of me as a "true conservative" in your interview...
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Monitoring Scandals
WHEN CANDIDATES on the campaign trail talk of the need for change in Washington they talk about many kinds of abuses. There is the Jack Abramoff-type lobbying scandal - planting cohorts in the Administration who will then do the bidding of your clients....
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Our Know-Nothing Nation
Our Know-Nothing Nation The Age of American Unreason By Susan Jacoby Pantheon. 356 pp. $26.00.ONE POSSIBILITY Abraham Lincoln failed to consider is that you can fool most of the people most of the time. Yet such is the sea of woeful ignorance in which...
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Postracial Politics
NOT EVERYBODY was bowled over by the emergence of a Barack Obama coalition of the young and the independent, rallying around the magical word "change." As long ago as February 2007 the Harvard sociologist William Julius Wilson wrote in the student newspaper,...
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Reclaiming a Heritage
BUDAPESTON THE afternoon of this past Christmas Eve, I gathered with a group of friends for coffee andpalinka (Hungarian brandy). We met in Sirály, a funky downtown café in an old building on Király Street, at the edge of the Seventh District, Budapest's...
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Running Scared
ALTHOUGH upstaged by the primaries and the country's economic problems, a low-intensity war is going on between Congressional Democrats and the Bush Administration. They are fighting over actions and policies related to the socalled War on Terror - on...
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Scotland's Dream of Separation
LONDONDONALD TRUMP is a man of many parts. He is a real estate developer, business executive, casino operator, television personality, and author. Playing a role in politics, though, has not been high on his crowded agenda. At least not until he recently...
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Searching the Victimizer's Mind
Searching the Victimizer's Mind Detective Story By Imre Kertész Knopf. 112 pp. $21.00.A CHAPTER titled "Torture" in At the Mind s Limits, by the Holocaust survivor and author Jean Améry, makes painfully graphic his memory of being subjected to methodically...
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The Press and the Wrecking Ball
NEW YORK Times reporter David Carr describes himself as a reader with "the attention span of a gnat." And in a recent article he pointed out that while many other newsmagazines are in decline, The Weekhas enjoyed double-digit growth over the last eight...
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The Year That Failed
READING the upbeat end-ofthe-year critical film roundups made me feel like a curmudgeon. Even by contemporary standards, 2007 had seemed particularly mediocre: Its brightest lights burned dimly. Film after film that garnered glowing reviews left me cold.My...
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