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February/March 2000

Debate on Norman Daniels, Bruce Kennedy, and Ichiro Kawachi’s “Justice is Good for Our Health,” with responses by Michael Marmot, Marcia Angell, Ezekiel Emanuel, and others. Kieko Matteson and Robert Perkinson on the legacy of the US war in Laos, and Vikram Chandra on the India’s cult of authenticity. David Lehman on the magic of mystery stories, Stewart O’Nan on novels about the American West. Reginald Shepherd reviews three young poets, poetry by Cole Swensen, fiction by Molly Sultan, and more.

 

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Justice is Good for Our Health 

HOW GREATER ECONOMIC EQUALITY WOULD PROMOTE PUBLIC HEALTH.

NORMAN DANIELS, BRUCE KENNEDY, ICHIRO KAWACHI

RESPONSES FROM MICHAEL MARMOT; MARCIA ANGELL; SUDHIR ANAND AND FABIENNE PETER,;TED MARMOR; EZEKIEL EMANUEL; BARBARA STARFIELD; EMMANUELA GAKIDOU, JULIO FRENK, AND CHRISTOPHER MURRAY; STEFFIE WOOLHANDLER AND DAVID HIMMELSTEIN; DANIELS, KENNEDY, AND KAWACHI RESPOND


Essays

The deadly legacy of America’s air war in Laos.
Kieko Matteson and Robert Perkinson
The Cult of Authenticity
India’s cultural commissars worship “Indianness” instead of art.
Vikram Chandra 
Fiction
Molly Melina Sultan
New Fiction Forum
The enduring highbrow fascination with detective stories.
David Lehman
Alice Elliott Dark’s In the Gloaming and Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring
Felicia Ackerman
Lucia Berlin’s Where I Live Now and Liza Weiland’s You Can Sleep While I Drive
Susan Daitch
How the publishing industry is failing readers–and how it could do better.
Neal Gabler
Stewart O’Nan
James Hynes
Randall Curb
Poetry
introduced by Susan Wheeler
Anna Rabinowitz
Andrew Zawacki
E. A. Hilbert
Christine Hume
Cole Swensen
Cole Swensen
Lynn Melnick
Joshua Clover
On Film
American Beauty and Elaine Scarry look for aesthetic experience in unexpected places.
Alan A. Stone

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