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From the November 2012 issue

Dear Life: StoriesBy Alice MunroAlfred A. Knopf, 336 pages Alice munro has been called “our Chekhov” so often that no one stops to ask what the...

To the Editor: In his review of Michael Chabon’s Telegraph Avenue [“Chabon 3.0,” September], D.G. Myers writes: “Except for John Williams’s lovely and largely unknown Stoner,...

On july 21, 600 German doctors appended their signatures to a letter in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper calling for the practice of circumcision to be...

Science Left Behind: Feel-Good Fallacies and the Rise of the Anti-Scientific LeftBy Alex B. Berezow and Hank CampbellPublic Affairs, 320 pages By now it’s clear that Missouri...

During the 1896 trial of the French Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus, the novelist Émile Zola expressed puzzlement that such intense bigotry could exist among...

To the Editor: I read with aroused interest Rabbi Joseph Polak’s “The Last Witness” [July/August]. What got my attention was Polak’s imagining briefly the unanswerable question in...

 The sunset Nathan Lipinsky watched from the roof of the parking garage—of a color as brazen as splashed paint—suffused the fading Indian summer clouds and...

Maureen Dowd’s Repellent Slime The debate about Israel’s demand for “red lines” relating to the Iranian nuclear threat was revelatory: It showed that many of...

The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning CampaignsBy Sasha IssenbergCrown, 368 pages Matthew Dowd was in Austin when he had a revelation. It...

From the outset, the Obama administration’s handling of the most sensitive secrets of the war on terror has been worrisome. In April 2009, the Justice...

The musical score for Woody Allen’s unexpected 2011 hit, Midnight in Paris, features songs intended, like the film itself, to evoke the spirit of the...

The End of Men:And the Rise of WomenBy Hanna RosinRiverhead, 320 pages Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men: And the Rise of Women, based on a...

America has never produced a Schubert or a Schumann, but we do have the Great American Songbook, which has been called our classical music. The...

Syria: The Fall of the House of AssadBy David W. LeschYale University Press, 288 pages In 2000, not long after Syrian dictator Hafez al-Assad died...

I was pulled up short the other day while reading an interview with Charles Portis, author of True Grit and other (equally splendid) novels. Portis worked...

It almost goes unnoticed that the United States is closing a long chapter in its Atlantic history. For 70 years, since the landing in Normandy,...

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Imagine Genghis Khan with a telephone.” Imagine Genghis Khan, or a gaggle of Genghis Khans, running the Internet, and you have...

To the Editor: In his article “Attacking Israel Online” [July/August], Ben Cohen makes reference to the American Council for Judaism, which he accuses of being guilty...
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November 2012