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Summer 2003

“The Secret History of the Magna Carta” by Peter Linebaugh; Jonathan R. Cole on defending the university post–9/11; “Just Marriage”: Mary Lyndon Shanley on the public importance of private unions; Abbott Gleason compares today’s antiliberal revolt to that of 1920s Europe; and Leonardo Avritzer examines the chances Brazil’s President Lula has to redeem democracy in Latin America. In reviews: Susie Linfield on the literature of political memory; Jehangir Pocha on Zoroastrianism; and Charles Lawrence on Young, Gifted, and Black. In the New Fiction Forum, James Hynes surveys works by British novelist Adam Thorpe. Poems by Claudia Rankine, Aaron Belz, and Nikolai Zabolotsky.

Can President Lula redeem democracy in Latin America?
Leonardo Avritzer
Its most far-reaching provisions aren’t the ones we remember
Peter Linebaugh
Today’s antiliberal revolt looks a lot like 1920s Europe
Abbott Gleason
Defending the university post–9/11
Jonathan R. Cole
On the public importance of private unions
Mary Lyndon Shanley
Eben Wood
Weston Cutter
Nonfiction Reviews
Avishai Margalit’s The Ethics of Memory, W. G. Sebald’s On the Natural History of Destruction, and Jean Améry
Susie Linfield
Paul Kriwaczek’s In Search of Zarathustra
Jehangir Pocha
Young, Gifted, and Black by Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, and Asa Hilliard III
Charles Lawrence
Jackson Lears’s Something for Nothing
Jefferson Decker
New Fiction Forum
The British novelist’s impressive oeuvre
James Hynes
On writing Bunker 13
Aniruddha Bahal
Poetry Reviews
The Collected Poems, edited by Frank Bidart and David Gewanter
James Longenbach
Paul Muldoon’s Moy Sand and Gravel
Jenny Ludwig
Richard Howard’s Talking Cures
Barbara Fischer
Karen Volkman’s Spar
Noah Eli Gordon

Aaron Belz
Joe Millar
Claudia Rankine
Frances Richard
Lynn Emanuel
Brian Kim Stefans
Susan Stewart
Susan Stewart
Nikolai Zabolotsky
On Film
Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine
Alan A. Stone

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