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From the September 2013 issue

The most beneficial by-product of the national debate on gay marriage involves a sharply increased, society-wide willingness to take the institution of matrimony with the...

To the Editor: Kenneth Anderson’s otherwise superlative “The Case for Drones” [June] touches only obliquely on the two objections that, however lacking in sense, seem to...

The United States of Paranoia:A Conspiracy TheoryBy Jesse WalkerHarper, 448 pages There’s a certain temptation to consider Jesse Walker’s The United States of Paranoia a timely...

After Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker ranks as the most influential jazz musician of the 20th century. He was also a hard-drinking heroin addict whose habits...

The SonBy Philipp MeyerEcco, 576 pages The Son, Philipp Meyer’s second book, aims to be the Great Texan Novel. The story begins in 1836, the year...

On August 28, 1963, a quarter million Americans staged the most important demonstration in our nation’s history. They marched from the Washington Monument to the...

A happy genius is the gift of nature: it depends on the influence of the stars, say the astrologers, on the organs of the body,...

To the Editor: Joshua Muravchik’s essay on Haaretz reminded me of a political panel I attended at the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center some years ago [“Trashing Israel...

“The earth belongs to the living and not to the dead,” Thomas Jefferson once counseled, albeit musing on generational obligations rather than zombie property rights....

In an interview with Haaretz shortly before finishing his term as Israel’s ambassador in Washington, Michael Oren said he had been devoting considerable effort to...

It’s always nice to start the day with a good chuckle, and a good chuckle—perhaps a throaty ho ho is nearer the mark—is just what...

Terror and the Peace Talks Secretary of State John Kerry has been rewarded for months of effort with a new round of peace talks between Israel...

In 2007, early in the improbable presidential candidacy of Barack Obama, the young first-term senator began a series of foreign-policy speeches that seemed too general...

To the Editor: While I am sympathetic to Tara Helfman’s argument against enforced conformity to national standards where states’ discretion has previously reigned, I judge it...

One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being OneBy Lauren SandlerSimon & Schuster, 224 pages Just a few pages...

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. In the history of American publishing,...

The factors that caused the shooting of a black teenager in central Florida to develop into a national obsession will be studied for years to...

     All his life, Feffer wanted a tailored suit. Finally, at the age of 65, he went to get himself one. He was measured. He came...
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September 2013