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Articles from Vol. 267, No. 7, September 7

Beyond Monica: The Future of Clinton's Past
The Clinton presidency may have two years to run, but after the events of these past few weeks it seems fair to wonder whether, substantively speaking, it is already over. Withour making the mistake of underestimating the President. The Nation is taking...
Christopher Herrick
For a little over an hour a day in two consecutive weeks recently, British artist Christopher Herrick sat at the Tully Hall organ and played through Bach's staggeringly vast output for what his contemporaries considered his main instrument. (The fourteen-concert...
Dirty Politics
The outpouring of pious denunciation in the days following President Clinton's August 17 grand jury testimony--as if the fact that he lied about Monica Lewinsky in January could possibly shock anyone outside his closest, most denial-bound circles--only...
Love and Distraction
The oddest sound after Bill Clinton admitted that, yes, he had not been entirely forthright about Monica was the complaint by some of his defenders that they felt "let down" even "betrayed." Can there really be people who did not know with instant...
Passion and Punctilio
Recently I was sitting on a beach, eavesdropping on a conversation between a couple on a blanket a few pieces of driftwood away. She said: "And I can't believe that they just hopped on the plane--" He said: "It was a biplane." She said:...
Snake Eyes
When I say that Shohei Imamura's The Eel may be the cheeriest, most hopeful film of his great career, you must understand that it begins with an office worker slashing to death his adulterous wife. The salaryman, you see, is dedicated to sport fishing,...
Terrorism and Retaliation
August 13 marked the sixteenth birthday of the great bull market of the eighties and nineties. Unfortunately, the Sweet Sixteen party had to be canceled because it's looking increasingly like the animal may not reach its seventeenth birthday. L Unlike...
The Bull's Sour 16
Vengeance can be satisfying and, more important, popular in the polls. With Monica Lewinsky in front of him and Kenneth Starr behind him, it must have been very tempting for President Clinton to order retaliation against one of the Islamic "usual...
The Chambermaid on the Titanic
When I say that Shohei Imamura's The Eel may be the cheeriest, most hopeful film of his great career, you must understand that it begins with an office worker slashing to death his adulterous wife. The salaryman, you see, is dedicated to sport fishing,...
The Eel
When I say that Shohei Imamura's The Eel may be the cheeriest, most hopeful film of his great career, you must understand that it begins with an office worker slashing to death his adulterous wife. The salaryman, you see, is dedicated to sport fishing,...
The Right Plays the Gay Card
With Bill Clinton having stolen much of the GOP's economic program, the Republican leadership--under pressure from the Christian Coalition, James Dobson's Focus on the Family and other puissant organs of the religious right--has decided that homo-...
Trouble for Suharto's Pal
Six months ago, a close relationship with Suharto was the best insurance a foreign company could have in Indonesia. Today, Louisiana-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, which had a cozy relationship with the former ruler, is finding that close...
'Virtual Disenfranchisement': Minority Congressional Districts Are Becoming Casualties of the Courts
Congressman Mel Watt does a good job of representing his constituents. A soft-spoken attorney and one of Congress's left-most members, Watt hails from one of the more ideologically homogeneous districts in the country: the 12th District of North Carolina....
Why Call It Reform?
As Russia's economic collapse spirals out of control, rarely if ever has American discourse about that country been so uncaringly and dangerously in conflict with reality. With its endless ideological mantra of a purported "transition from Communism...
With Economic Inequality for All
Since 1970 the pay gap between good and bad jobs in America has grown. It is now so wide that it threatens, as it did in the Great Depression, the social stability of the country. It has come to undermine our sense of ourselves as a nation of equals....