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Letters to the Editor
The Hollow Army It's only a slight exaggeration to say that the entire U.S. military is either in Iraq, returning from Iraq, or getting ready to go
by James Fallows
Madonna Wants Me Every political candidate now needs a "celebrity wrangler"
by Joshua Green
BRIEF LIVES: Marriage Counselor The conservative activist Matt Daniels opposes gay marriage. So why do many conservatives oppose him?
by Franklin Foer
The Southern Cross What defenders of the Confederate flag should know: the man who created it would have been the first to get rid of it
by Joshua Green
POST MORTEM: The Imperfect Spy Michael Straight (1916-2004)
by Mark Steyn
THE LIST: America's Most Wanted
by Christopher Shea
Primary Sources A suppressed European report on anti-Semitism; how Republicans gain from high taxes; Al Sharpton's taste in hotels
THE WORLD IN NUMBERS:
The Unfree World Democracy's faltering progress
by Jen Joynt and Marshall Poe
The Man Who Would Be Khan
Meet Colonel Tom Wilhelm, one of a new breed of soldier-diplomats that has come into being since the end of the Cold War
by Robert D. Kaplan
The Armageddon Plan
During the Reagan era Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were key players in a clandestine program designed to install a new "President" in the event of a nuclear attack
by James Mann
We Will Bury You
The caretakers of Lenin's corpse have made a killing in
by Keith Gessen
How Jefferson Counted Himself In
Something was funny about the Georgia ballot. Did Thomas Jefferson act properly in making himself President in 1801?
by Bruce Ackerman and David Fontana
Would Shakespeare Get Into Swarthmore?
How several well-known writers would be graded on the new essay portion of the SAT
by John Katzman, Andy Lutz, and Erik Olson
According to the College Board's grading criteria, Shakespeare's "All the world's a stage" speech scored only 2 out of 6. Join the Princeton Review's contest, and help the Bard get a higher grade.
The Diamond Cutter A poem by Thomas Lux [audio]
Light Years A poem by Joan Swift
The Bell Zygmunt A poem by Jane Hirshfield [audio]
New & Noteworthy
The Origins of the Final Solution, by Christopher R. Browning, with contributions by Jürgen Matthäus; Report From a Parisian Paradise, by Joseph Roth; Dresden, by Frederick Taylor; Burying Caesar, by Graham Stewart; Inside Hitler's Bunker, by Joachim Fest; London: Life in the Post-War Years, by Douglas Whitworth
reviewed by Benjamin Schwarz
An Insidious Evil: An Interview With Christopher Browning
Christopher Browning, the author of The Origins of the Final Solution, explains how ordinary Germans came to accept as inevitable the extermination of the Jews [Web only]
Between Kipling and Fleming stands John Buchan, the father of the modern spy thriller
by Christopher Hitchens
Fortress of Solitude
The Rules of Engagement, by Anita Brookner
reviewed by Elizabeth Judd
The Amateur Marriage, by Anne Tyler
reviewed by Christina Schwarz
How Serfdom Saved the Women's Movement
Because of "the unmade beds, the children with their endless questions, the tendency of a good fight over housework to stop the talking and the kissing," the author writes, "one of the most profound cultural revolutions in American history came perilously close to running aground." But then the forces of global capitalism solved the problem: America's newly liberated class of educated professional women found itself presented with an army of poor, easily exploited women from other countries who could take care of their children and clean their houses
by Caitlin Flanagan
The Mother's Dilemma: An Interview With Caitlin Flanagan
Caitlin Flanagan on parenting, home life, and the morally troubling nature of the mother-nanny relationship [Web only]
by Mona Simpson
INNOCENT BYSTANDER: The Next Testament
If the Bible were being compiled for the first time right now, what would we put in it? Making the case for a NEW new revised standard version
by Cullen Murphy
MUSIC: God's Lonely Man
Johnny Cash was a Christian who didn't cast stones, a patriot who wasn't a bully
by Francis Davis
MOVIES: When the Front Page Meets the Big Screen
Hollywood is not a reliable moral arbiter of anything, so it's not surprising that when it holds a mirror up to journalism, Shattered Glass is the result
by Mark Bowden
The Puzzler by Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon
Word Fugitives by Barbara Wallraff
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