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Contents

Consent and Democracy

Resolving to Resist
Local governments are refusing to comply with the Patriot Act    Elaine Scarry

We the People
Who has the last word on the Constitution?    Larry Kramer

Revolutionary Consent
What the public life of American colonists can teach us about politics     Barbara Clark Smith


Essays

Endgame
Conservatives after the Cold War    Corey Robin

Muslims and Citizens
France's headscarf controversy    John R. Bowen

Common Ground
An immigration crisis in the European Union    Michael Standaert

On Human Nature: Reading Your Mind
How our brains help us understand other people    Rebecca Saxe


Fiction

If It's Anywhere, It's Behind Us    D.S. Sulaitis


Nonfiction Reviews

The Chosen People
The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume II: Membership, edited by Michael Walzer et al.    Hilary Putnam


New Fiction Forum

The Lost Ones
John Banville's existentialist novels    Roger Boylan

A Lunatic Faith
On writing The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters    Elisabeth Robinson


Poetry Reviews

A Knot of Obsessions
Ted Hughes's Collected Poems    Carol Bere

Fellow Travelers
Fanny Howe's Gone    Karen Volkman

Their Kind of Town
Mark Bibbins's Sky Lounge, Brenda Coutas's A Handmade Museum, and Jordan Davis's Million Poems Journal    Stephen Burt

Poetry Microreviews


On Film

A Good Look
Thomas McCarthy's The Station Agent    Alan A. Stone


Poetry

Microscopic Winter I    Cynthia Cruz
Microscopic Winter II    Cynthia Cruz
Aqueous Gold    Arthur Sze
Gamine    Lucie Brock-Broido
Les Livres    Nadia Herman Colburn
This Is a Recording    Jonah Winter
Portrait of Lucy with Fine Nile Jar    Lucie Brock-Broido
Poet's Sampler: Karla Kelsey    Bin Ramke
from The Face    David St. John


Letters to the Editor



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