Anti-Anti-Americanism  

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace: How We Got to Be So Hated by Gore Vidal, Why Do People Hate America? by Ziauddin Sardar and Merryl Wyn Davies, “What We Think of America” Granta Issue 77, “Dissent from the Homeland: Essays after September 11,” The South Atlantic Quarterly Spring



Todd Gitlin Responds  

If wishes were arguments, the strongest argument for an American war would be the most ambitious-the wish, or prayer, that by deposing Saddam Hussein and occupying Iraq, the United States would install the first democratic regime in the Arab world, …





Empire and Myopia  

There are some who think that because the United States has global interests and a heart of gold, it is entitled to act just as it pleases, economically and militarily, anywhere it pleases-not a bad first approximation to the classical …







Florida Fantasy  

AMERICAN BEACH: HOW PROGRESS ROBBED A BLACK TOWN—AND NATION—OF HISTORY, WEALTH, AND POWER by Russ Rymer HarperCollins, 1998 337 pp. $25 cloth $14 paper Russ Rymer has written a powerful book of what C. Wright Mills called “sociological poetry,” escorting …



Response to Marshall Berman  

Instead of critical culture, “struggl[ing] actively over how human beings should live,” we have a pale culture of critics. Censorship is a permanent irritation but serious-minded people (who can also be joyful, why not?) need to face up to the …



The Last Page  

Collective memory goes up for grabs wherever people suffer from dispossession and feel the call of pride. Memories are not born but made, remade, not natural but “constructed,” and like the memorials constructed to overcome memory, they are—and of necessity …



The Culture of Celebrity  

A few years ago I visited the champagne cellar of Piper-Heidsieck in Reims, a city in eastern France. At the entrance there is a plaque proclaiming that the cellar had been dedicated by Marie Antoinette. At the end of the …



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