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The Responsibility of Intellectuals in the Age of Crack

A forum on the responsibility of Black intellectuals with bell hooks, Randall Kennedy, Eugene Rivers, Glenn Loury, and others. Also: Nancy Fraser discusses reinventing the welfare state, Rabia Ali and Lawrence Lifschlutz interview Ivo Banac in “The Last Days of Bosnia?” Svetlana Boym investigates Russian advertising in “A Strange Hybrid,” and more.

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The Responsibility of Intellectuals in the Age of Crack
Forum with Regina Austin, Selwyn Cudjoe, bell hooks, Randall Kennedy, and Eugene Rivers, moderated by Margaret Burnham

The Poverty of Reason
Glenn C. Loury


Interstate 7
Stephen Dixon

The Last Days of Bosnia?
Ivo Banac talks with Rabia Ali and Lawrence Lifschultz

Psyché and the Palace of Love
Yves Bonnefoy, translated by Lisa Sapinkopf

A Strange Hybrid
Svetlana Boym

Reinventing the Welfare State
Nancy Fraser

Butterfly Chair
Fred Marchant

Poet’s Sampler
Jorie Graham introduces Joshua Clover

The Piano
Alan A. Stone


Brief Reviews

Moloch, Or, This Gentile World by Henry Miller
Peter Anderson

Remembering Babylon by David Malouf
Harvey Blume

The Fourth Dimension by Yannis Ritsos, translated by Peter Green and Beverly Bardsley
Rachel Hadas

Honey: Stories by Elizabeth Tallent
William Holinger

A History of Male Nudes in America by Dianne Nelson
Heidi Jon Schmidt


Aunt Toni’s Heart
Rafael Campo


Readers’ Forum

On Intervention: Letters from Thomas Harrison and Thomas G. Weiss

Is There a Right to Be Homeless?: Letters from Harry Simon, Benjamin Waxman, Mark Sidran, David Wagner, and Vivian Rothstein

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