From Protest to…  

Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D’Emilio The Free Press, 2003 576 pp $35 Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin Devon W. Carbado and Donald Wiese, eds. Cleis Press, 2003 355 …





‘I Thought You Said She Worked Full Time’  

SEARCHING FOR AMERICA’S HEART: RFK AND THE RENEWAL OF HOPE byPeter Edelman Houghton Mifflin, 2001 262 pp $26 THE PRICE OF CITIZENSHIP: REDEFINING THE AMERICAN WELFARE STATE by Michael B. Katz Metropolitan, 2001 469 pp $35 THE LONDON feminists at …



David Glenn Responds  

Before we talk about Seattle, a few words about Milwaukee. In February 1839—less than a decade after they’d dispossessed the Menominees and other local Native Americans—the settlers of southeastern Wisconsin had a problem to solve. Hundreds of farmers had staked …



Gide’s Tragedy and Ours  

Andre Gide: A life in the Present by Alan Sheridan Harvard University Press, 1999 634 pp $35 One of the hardest tasks of André Gide’s long life was a translation of Hamlet, which he completed in 1942 after twenty years …







The Last Page  

On July 2, 1977, a seventeen-year-old boy set fire to an abandoned tenement building on New York City’s Lower East Side. This fire was just a flicker in an enormous mid-1970s arson wave that struck New York’s poorest neighborhoods; it …



Surplus Meaning in Brooklyn  

A few years ago, it was revealed that the Southern Baptist Convention had compiled elaborate demographic maps of the United States. The maps displayed painstakingly calculated estimates of the number of citizens in each state who had been saved (46.1 …