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Surreality TV  

In his new book, Peter ​Pomerantsev depicts Russia as a place that has descended into a madness fed by the television programs that it itself inspires. But a crucial element is missing.









The Marginalist  

UNACKNOWLEDGED LEGISLATION: WRITERS IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE by Christopher Hitchens Verso, 2000, 358 pp $25 0N THE FIFTH floor of Harvard’s Lamont Library, near the men’s room, there is an old, well-thumbed volume of Dwight Macdonald’s Memoirs of a Revolutionist. …



Deposition for a Master  

The Human Stain by Philip Roth Houghton Mifflin, 2000 365 pp $26 What Philip Roth has always needed—and what, like Joseph K., he has been unfairly denied—is a proper trial. If not for the attacks on Jewish suburbia in Goodbye, …