Gun Control Solves Nothing; PLUS Steve Brill, Maureen Dowd, John Gotti and Irving the Wolf

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(Hey, Are Bombs Being Dropped Every Day in Yugoslavia?) More stringent laws on who can purchase guns in America? Fine by me, but don’t kid yourself that the largely symbolic legislation passed by the Senate last week will halt the rash of copycat teen shootings in high schools. And neither will the hypocritical cries of [&hellip
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Is The Ascent of Females The Decline of Males?

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Lionel Tiger and Helen Fisher are both Rutgers anthropologists. Both have new books out. And both are pissing people off. Tiger’s book is called The Decline of Males (Golden Books/St. Martin’s, 323 pages, $23). Fisher’s might well be called The Ascent of Females, but she chose instead to update Simone de Beauvoir and call it The [&hellip
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Are We Post-Apocalyptic Yet?

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There’s a line of scholarly thought that says the 20th century was peculiarly preoccupied with apocalyptic thinking. Part of the stimulus is artificial—the millennium—but it’s also been a logical response to concrete, “traumatic” events. The notion, as James Berger, an assistant professor of English at Hofstra, posits it in his book After the End: Representations of Post-Apocalypse (University of Minnesota Press, [&hellip
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Madeleine Albright’s Family of War Profiteers

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What’s in Albright’s Attic? Dear, oh dear! I wonder what happened to Walter Isaacson’s researchers. Could it be that Time Warner and Ted Turner are turning into scrooges? Or is it simply a case of Walter baby letting sleeping dogs lie to continue to enjoy access to Madeleine’s boudoir for as long as she remains secretary of state? Last week’s Time [&hellip
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Gore Pushes the Panic Button; Who’s Partying With Kurt Andersen–And Who’s Not?

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A Twist of Manhattan’s Elite I‘m somewhat tardy in reporting on the Mother’s Day festivities at the MUGGER household, but with good reason: a 24-hour virus no doubt caused by a batch of beef lo mein fried in rancid oil. That Sunday morning started off just swell. I awoke with MUGGER III and we played until Junior awoke and [&hellip
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The Media Flips

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I was riding down the elevator in our apartment building last Friday morning with two construction workers who were off on a coffee break. One of the guys was wearing a tie-dyed shirt and had long, black hair down to his butt: a 60s throwback performing an honest day’s work–that is, if you consider unions honest. Anyway, I asked him [&hellip
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Base-balkans Base-balkans It being Opening Day this week, …

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Thinking of Pesky reminded me that one of the ridiculous aspects of the conflict so far has been the constant slurring of the Serbs (as a people) as a bunch of subhuman weirdos. Last week, on the night that our F-117 got shot down and shown on Serbian television, CNN found an absolute lunatic, a retired major general named [&hellip
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Still, the advantage had to go to the Republicans. They wanted two things out of last week and they got them. First, an agreement that three more witnesses could be called. While the witnesses were only supposed to be able to testify on videotape, Republicans wangled it so they could excerpt the tape for use in their final arguments. So [&hellip
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I’ve written two or three times over the years about a store in my hometown of Huntington called Kropotkin Records. It opened in 1970, when I was 15, and was an idyllic hangout for hippie teenagers who loved rock ’n’ roll and the counterculture that flourished in that era. As opposed to its one competitor in town, a fuddy-duddy business [&hellip
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Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Since the 1960s Harry Mathews and Robert Kelly have been two of the finer experimenters with the form and function of contemporary American literature. Naturally you never heard about them the way you do mainstreamers like Updike or Roth or whosit; of course neither made that 100-best list last summer. (I’d put at least one of Kelly’s prose poem collections, [&hellip
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