2007-11-09

Date: 
Friday, November 9, 2007

The L-Word

Freedom’s Power The True Force of Liberalism Paul Starr Basic Books, $26, 256 pp....

The Silent Justice

His wrenching, soul-searing confirmation hearing notwithstanding, Clarence Thomas is so little known to most Americans that almost any decent biography of him would...

Twisted Sisters

Mary Gordon is not choosy about the grudges she holds on her mother’s behalf. To the contrary, as she repeatedly tells readers in her new memoir, Circling My Mother...

Lonergan to the Rescue

There have been times I’ve gotten help from a professional, occasionally even a stranger, that’s made all the difference in the world. I’m...

The Fixer

Michael Clayton begins with its eponymous hero (played by George Clooney) summoned from a midnight card game by a colleague in Clayton’s law firm. A...

Meet the Mormons

There’s been a lot of “Mormon talk” in the air lately. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has something to do with that, as do the acclaimed HBO series Big Love (...

The Promise & Limits of Politics

How many Americans had their view of the world changed by a quietly passionate man whose campaign for the presidency in 1968 brought the battle over a mistaken...

Silent Eugenics

In recent months, people with Down syndrome and those who love and believe in them have shuddered at the advent of plans for expanded genetic prenatal testing....

The Center Can Hold

At first glance, as the 2008 campaign swings into high gear, prospects for the Democratic Party couldn’t seem brighter. The Bush presidency is crashing, and...

The Trash Man Cometh

My kitchen window overlooks a vacant lot. Like other vacant lots in India, it is covered with plastic bags, old shoes, broken glass, newspapers, and rotting...

Torture's Enablers

First you are strapped to a plank. Then the plank is tilted so that your feet are above your head. Next a cloth is pulled taut across your mouth, and finally water...

Iraq, Anglican schism

PERSEVERANCE OR PRUDENCE? In our exchange of views on the war (“No Exit from Iraq?” October 12), Andrew Bacevich writes that “persevering...