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December 1999/January 2000

A debate on standards in public education, with Deboarah Meier and responses by Abigail Thernstrom, Gary Nash, Theodore Sizer, and others. Marjorie Perloff on poetry and cultural studies. Dmitri Tymoczko on Beethoven and Kant. Edward McCaffery on the case for a progressive consumption tax. Michael Greenberg on Robert Stone. Plus, W.S. Merwin translates Dante’s Purgatorio, fiction by Pauls Toutonghi, Scott Saul on the American teenager, and more.

 

Forum 

Educating a Democracy 
STANDARDS AND THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION
DEBORAH MEIER
RESPONSES FROM ABIGAIL THERNSTROM, BOB CHASE, GARY B. NASH, LINDA NATHAN, RICHARD J. MURNANE, WILLIAM AYERS, AND THEODORE SIZER. DEBORAH MEIER RESPONDS.

Essays

Put the literature back into literary studies
Marjorie Perloff
What the composer and Kant have in common
Dmitri Tymoczko
The case for a progressive consumption tax
Edward J. McCaffery
Fiction
Winner of the Seventh Annual Short Story Contest
Pauls Toutonghi
New Fiction Forum
Robert Stone and the the delusions that shape our lives
Michael Greenberg
Kent Haruf, Plainsong, The Tie That Binds, and Where You Once Belonged
Laura Hendrie
Leslie Epstein, Ice Fire Water
Judy Budnitz, If I Told You Once
Paul Gediman
Susan Daitch
Edwin Frank
Peter McCarthy
Poetry
Suzanne Wise
Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton
Joshua Corey
Gerardo Deniz
Gerardo Deniz
Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Ttranslated by W. S. Merwin
On Film
Wu Tian Ming’s King of Masks
Alan A. Stone

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