Spring 2005 Issue


Editor's Note

Plaint du Jour

Robert Wilson


Response to Our Winter Issue
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Our readers

Letters From …

Kiev: On Independence Square
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Adrian Karatnycky

Commonplace Book

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André Bernard

Book Essay

Leading Men

Anne Matthews

Celestial Jukebox

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Book Reviews

What Is It Good For?

James Webb

Battle of Anacostia

Robert S. McElvaine


Roosevelt Redux

Thomas N. Bethell

Robert M. Ball and the battle for Social Security

End Game

Amitai Etzioni

The elderly are entitled to what they have earned

All About Eve

Cynthia Russett

What men have thought about women thinking

A Long Cold View of History

Donald Worster

How ice, worms, and dirt made us what we are today

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Michelle Herman

Is there a genetic predisposition to sing Streisand on street corners?

Socrates' Mistake
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George Watson

The philosopher's view of knowledge—forever demanding explanations, justifications, definitions, and criteria—is fantasy, and a dangerous fantasy

A Standard Oil Childhood
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Thomas H. Rogers

Oil refeneries, sand dunes, and other objects of beauty and affection

The Big Roundup

Ted Gioia

John Lomax roamed the West, collecting classic songs from the cowboy era

Findings: Swept Away
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Adam Goodheart



Invisible Things
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Langdon Hammer

Thylias Moss and Charles Simic


The Salome Factor

William Deresiewicz

How the sexualization of concert dance helped end a golden age.

A Few Good Buildings
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Stanley Abercrombie

Reading the obituaries of Philip Johnson

Miller's Tale
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Wendy Smith

The playwright drew a line between reaching out and selling out