In This Issue
Sue Erikson Bloland, “Fame: The Power and Cost of a Fantasy”; Alan Berlow, “The Wrong Man”; Richard Rorty, “Phony Science Wars”; Yehuda Amichai, “After Auschwitz”; and much more.
Detectives aren't what they used to be
The daughter of an eminent psychoanalyst uses her experience to help us understand the pursuit of celebrity -- its psychological roots, its social meaning, its human cost
The prospect that innocent people will be executed in America is horrifyingly likely, the author argues in this unsparing report on the criminal-justice system. Police officers and prosecutors have suppressed evidence. Many public defenders are incompetent. And the appeals process is becoming more difficult
What was that odd-looking brass instrument you saw in a jazz club or at the symphony? It was David Monette's reinvention of the trumpet
A newly pervasive linguistic trope raises a question: Have we stumbled on the basic unit of social causality?
Scottish independence is in the air, and it may well stay there, masking the facts of English domination
The European Monetary Union once seemed unimaginable. The questions now are What will it lead to? and Will Britain join?
On the subcontinent's most historic highway a traveler experiences squalor and splendor alike
A tutorial at a classic site with one of America's pre-eminent alpine climbers
"As much as any of the Revolutionary patriots and Founding Fathers," writes our reviewer, a historian of slavery, "we need to recall these plantation rebels and outlaws."