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March/April 2006

Can the People Rule?

Gianpaolo Baiocchi on the citizens of Porto Alegre; Nir Rosen discusses the roots of sectarian violence in Iraq; the end of the culture wars. Khaled Abou El Fadl on Osama bin Laden. Poems by Geoffrey O’Brien, Matthew Zapruder, and Frank Bidart; criticism by Joyelle McSweeney; a short story by Deb Olin Unferth.




The Citizens of Porto Alegre

In which Marco borrows bus fare and enters politics
Gianpaolo Baiocchi

The Nation in a Room

Turning public opinion into policy
James S. Fishkin

Learning from Athens

Success by design
Josiah Ober

Ending Polarization

The good news about the culture wars
John Gastil, Dan M. Kahan, and Donald Braman

On the Ground in Iraq
The roots of sectarian violence
Nir Rosen
The Crusader
Why we must take Osama bin Laden’s writings seriously
Khaled Abou El Fadl
Freedom Reigns
But it isn’t enough
Nick Bromell
The Dreamlife of Rupert Thompson
Novels at the intersection of gothic and noir
James Hynes


Things That Went Wrong Thus Far
Deb Olin Unferth

On Film

Happy Endings
Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice
Alan A. Stone

On Poetry

Poet’s Sampler
Introduced by Larissa Szporluk
F. Daniel Rzicnek
Samuel Menashe rediscovered
Kurt Brown
A Broken Place
Brenda Hillman’s Pieces of Air in the Epic
Amy Newlove Schroeder
The Light in the Heart
Anne Carson’s Decreation
Joyelle McSweeney
The Speaking Ear
Ronald Johnson’s Radi Os

Dan Beachy-Quick



Michelle Noteboom
Sarah Rosenthal
A Small Anatomy of Feeling
Anna Rabinowitz
On the Phantom Estate
Geoffrey G. O’Brien
To Classes
Geoffrey G. O’Brien
Dream Job
Matthew Zapruder
Mark Levine
Tu Fu Watches the Spring Festival Across Serpentine Lake
Frank Bidart
A laborious wakefulness or was it a most unapologetic whistling in the ear
Shane Book
Fifteen Minutes
Ben Doyle

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