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Wrecking Ball

Adam Shatz: Trump’s Racism, 7 September 2017

... enfranchisement for black people in the United States has produced many martyrs: Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King; James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. And now Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal killed in Emancipation Park. It is true, as some have sanctimoniously pointed out, that even in her ...

Enemies For Ever

James Wolcott: ‘Making It’, 18 May 2017

Making It 
by Norman Podhoretz.
NYRB, 368 pp., £13.98, May 2017, 978 1 68137 080 4
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... of bourgeois hipsterville surrounded by local landmarks from Lena Dunham’s Girls, enlightened by Martin Amis sightings. Back then, baby, Brooklyn was badass and more than a trifle déclassé. To come from Brooklyn – ‘I was fiercely patriotic about Brownsville (the spawning ground of so many famous athletes and gangsters)’ – meant that you had ...

All That Gab

James Wolcott: The Upsides of Sontag’s Downsides, 24 October 2019

Sontag: Her Life 
by Benjamin Moser.
Allen Lane, 832 pp., £30, September 2019, 978 0 241 00348 0
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... song. A more intimate tone marked the personal eulogy to the social theorist and activist Paul Goodman, which sounded as if it was coming from a real, vulnerable person rather than a lapidary inscriber. ‘Fascinating Fascism’, Sontag’s dismantling of the cult, canonisation and revisionist whitewashing of Leni Riefenstahl, struck like lightning ...

What We’re about to Receive

Jeremy Harding: Food Insecurity, 13 May 2010

... 5 Food Policy: Integrating Health, Environment and Society by Tim Lang, David Barling and Martin Caraher. Oxford, 320 pp., £32.95, March 2009, 978 0 19 856788 2 The Memoirs of the Rt Hon the Earl of Woolton. Cassell, 452 pp., 1959 Eating: What We Eat and Why It Matters by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. Arrow, 400 pp., £7.99, September 2006, 978 0 ...

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