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Will This New Book Change the National Debate on Poverty?

April 4th, 2016

In the spring of 2008, a graduate student named Matthew Desmond began renting out a trailer in a mobile-home park on the south side of Milwaukee. Like much of the south side, the park’s population was predominantly poor and white, with an outsize number of its residents addicted to drugs or working as prostitutes. After four months, Desmond moved… Read This Article »

Shelf-Life: S. Yizhar’s Khirbet Khizeh

February 24th, 2015

In the profusion of memoirs, novels and poems published in Israel after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the conflict was routinely portrayed as a triumphant victory in the righteous struggle to create a Jewish homeland. The fact that roughly 750,000 Palestinians were uprooted from their homes in the course of the war prompted little initial reflection… Read This Article »

Tony Judt: 1948-2010

August 8th, 2010

Last October, the historian Tony Judt was brought onstage at New York University’s Skirball Center in a wheelchair, his arms and torso wrapped in a blanket, his face partially obscured by a breathing tube. In this hobbled state, Judt delivered a bracing talk about the modern worship of the market, which he reminded his audience… Read This Article »

Betrayal: On David Grossman

March 9th, 2009

In 1962, when David Grossman was an 8-year-old schoolboy in Jerusalem, his father handed him a Hebrew translation of Sholem Aleichem’s Adventures of Mottel, the Cantor’s Son, a collection of stories evoking the lost world of the Grossmans’ Yiddish-speaking ancestors. “Do you like it?” his father asked. Grossman was too young to understand it, but he… Read This Article »

The New Suburban Poverty

April 13th, 2007

Rockingham County, North Carolina, has never been known for its opulence, but until recently most residents would not have hesitated to describe it as comfortably middle class. For several decades the county, a rectangular block of land in the north central part of the state, owed its prosperity to textile mills and tobacco plants, industries… Read This Article »

Neocon Man

April 22nd, 2004

Daniel Pipes was a busy man in the days following September 11, 2001. The Philadelphia-based foreign policy analyst and commentator on terrorism and Islam first learned that planes had crashed into the World Trade Center when a local television producer called to invite him to the station for an interview. Over the next twelve months,… Read This Article »

In Torture We Trust?

March 31st, 2003

The recent capture of Al Qaeda leader Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is the latest indication that the taboo on torture has been broken. In the days after Mohammed’s arrest, an unnamed official told the Wall Street Journal that US interrogators may authorize “a little bit of smacky-face” while questioning captives in the war on terrorism. Others… Read This Article »