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February/March 2004
Consent and Democracy: Elaine Scarry on local governments’ refusal to comply with the Patriot Act; Larry Kramer on popular constitutionalism; Barbara Clark Smith on what the public life of American colonists can teach us about politics. Corey Robin on conservatives after the Cold War; John R. Bowen on France’s headscarf controversy; Michael Standaert on an immigration crisis in the European Union; Rebecca Saxe on how our brains help us understand other people. Hilary Putnam reviews The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume II: Membership, by Michael Walzer et al.; Roger Boylan reviews John Banville; a story by D.S. Sulaitis, the winner of the 11th annual Boston Review fiction contest; Alan A. Stone reviews Thomas McCarthy’s The Station Agent. Poems by Cynthia Cruz, Lucie Brock-Broido, Nadia Herman Colburn, and Karla Kelsey.  

Consent and Democracy
Local governments are trying to resist the Patriot Act
Elaine Scarry
Who has the last word on the Constitution?
Larry Kramer
What the public life of American colonists can teach us about politics
Barbara Clark Smith
Conservatives after the Cold War
Corey Robin
France’s headscarf controversy
John R. Bowen
An immigration crisis in the European Union
Michael Standaert
How our brains help us understand other people
Rebecca Saxe
D.S. Sulaitis
Nonfiction Review
The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume II: Membership, edited by Michael Walzer et al.
Hilary Putnam
New Fiction Forum
John Banville’s existentialist novels
Roger Boylan
On writing The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters
Elisabeth Robinson
Poetry Reviews
Ted Hughes’s Collected Poems
Carol Bere
Fanny Howe’s Gone
Karen Volkman
Mark Bibbins’s Sky Lounge, Brenda Coutas’s A Handmade Museum, and Jordan Davis’s Million Poems Journal
Stephen Burt
On Film
Thomas McCarthy’s The Station Agent
Alan A. Stone
Cynthia Cruz
Cynthia Cruz
Arthur Sze
Lucie Brock-Broido
Nadia Herman Colburn
Jonah Winter
Lucie Brock-Broido
Introduced by Bin Ramke
David St. John

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